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By Julien Ross, Forecaster Posted 1 month ago February 28, 2024

Storm recap, southern refresh Thursday

Summary

Snow totals for the February 26-27 storm range from skunked to double-digits with a whole lot of wind in between. Wednesday will be the calm after the storm with sun, warming temperatures, and calm winds. A southern system should bring a light refresh to Ski Apache overnight Wednesday. The northern mountains look ahead to March for the next chance of snow.

Short Term Forecast

Every season we brace ourselves for that one epic storm forecast bust.

The February 26-27 storm cycle will likely go down as our epic bust of the 23-24 season, at least let's hope that is the case with six more weeks left going forward.

Even with all of the caveats I discussed in the lead-up and a lowered forecast (warm temperatures and wind issues), the storm still managed to bust even beyond our tempered expectations.

It wasn't all bad news with Angel Fire and Sipapu enjoying some soft, fresh turns on Tuesday.

Here are the final storm totals as reported by resorts:

  • 12" Angel Fire
  • 0" Pajarito
  • 0" Red River
  • 0" Sandia Peak
  • 5" Sipapu
  • 0" Ski Apache
  • 0" Ski Santa Fe
  • 4" Taos Ski Valley

Taos was closed due to wind on Tuesday and there could be some deeper wind-loaded spots on northeast and east-facing slopes on Wednesday. But expect variable conditions off-piste with potentially deep and unexpected wind drifts.

I believe Angel Fire also had to close lifts for parts of the day on Tuesday due to wind and should ski well on Wednesday, especially on the back side with wind-loaded stashes.

Here is the "keep me honest" report and it is way more red than we like to see.

Now on Wednesday, we have a bluebird day to catch our breaths from the brutal wind event on Tuesday.

Remember that closed low we talked about last week off the Pacific coast? Early models had this system merging with the storm from the Pacific Northwest, but then later backed off that solution and the storm stalled out off the Baja coast.

Well, that stalled system is still off Baja on Wednesday but will finally move inland overnight into Thursday morning.

The southern mountains should get a few inches of snow by Thursday morning and we could see a few light snow flurries reach as far north as Santa Fe with no accumulation expected.

Extended Forecast

Looking further ahead, the northern mountains could see light accumulation around March 3-4.

This system is currently expected to track to our north and numbers are trending down for New Mexico with a glancing blow.

Then around March 8-9, extended models show another storm possibly tracking further south.

So we have a few potential storms in the pipeline and hopefully, one or both will track more favorably in our direction as we get closer.

Thanks for reading and I will post again on Thursday to check in on the southern storm refresh.

Julien Ross
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Julien was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was introduced to skiing at age 7 through the public schools subsidized ski program at Ski Santa Fe. It was love at first turn and Julien has been chasing deep powder and good mogul lines ever since. Julien grew up fascinated by weather and studied physical geography with a focus on meteorology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

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