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Yes it snows in Santa Fe and other NM Winter Weather Tips

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Yes it snows in Santa Fe and other NM Winter Weather Tips

As we approach winter, we get alot of repetitive questions about Winter weather conditions. So maybe we can have a comprehensive thread that answers those kinds of questions.

Santa Fe -

Our city is at 7000 feet. We do get snow! We do get cold weather. We do get alot of sunny days so even if it is cold, it feels warmer than it is.

Temps can range from 0's to 60's. It can be 60 degrees one day and the next day , we could get a blizzard. New Mexico is in drought conditions so we are not getting alot of snow. (way below predictions) Winter storms tend to drop more snow in the higher mountain elevations, than the city proper.

Since our temps can swing, it's best to dress in layers. It will be cold in the evening and morning but warm up during the day.

If it does snow, driving conditions may be effected during the storm and early morning hours. Once the sun comes out, the snow melts quickly. It is extremely rare for snow to remain more than one day.

Check this website for road conditions: NMroads.com

Snow has occured as late as May.

Fellow New Mexicans, please add your take on the weather in your area,

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11. Re: Yes it snows in Santa Fe and other NM Winter Weather Tips

Thanks for posting this. We are coming next month for a long weekend and this is very helpful in confirming that winter boots are a good idea to bring. We also debated about driving or not and decided to use Amtrak instead and just stay near the Plaza. Lots of places are offering great deals right now, which is a nice bonus.

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12. Re: Yes it snows in Santa Fe and other NM Winter Weather Tips

Hey, I just bumped to Top Questions. Easier than I figured. You might want to add.

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13. Re: Yes it snows in Santa Fe and other NM Winter Weather Tips

As an aside and general observation.

Placing too much blame on the media and the resultant average consumer's perceptions of conditions here lets our tourism and state information distributors off way too easily.

Especially given the level of taxes being paid by hospitality providers and the generally low proportional level of promotion businesses here receive.

If the Gulf coast states affected by the big oil spill which are ranked just as high on the poverty level as NM can do as incredible of a job as they did regaining visitors and correcting misperceptions, then perhaps more accountability from our tourism department is in order.

Edited: 2:17 pm, January 30, 2012
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14. Re: Yes it snows in Santa Fe and other NM Winter Weather Tips

Since this thread appears as a top question called, What Is Winter Like, and since almost a year has gone by, I might update a bit: The winter this year did not come early but there were a couple of welcomed waves of snow, especially in the northern mountains, in December. Ski areas were doing their best to make snow and open for the holidays. A light snow in southern NM around the new year. Generally, however, we are still in the midst of drought conditions. We had a period of almost two weeks in January where the temperatures throughout the state were around freezing for a high (here in ABQ; even colder in other parts), which I thought was very unusual. Thus, we didn't get those days when the sun warms up those cold nights. ABQ got one brief snowfall around that time in the city that put schools and govt offices on two hour delay, but road conditions improved once the sun came up. Now it looks more like the typical sunny, warm upper 50s, and we even had about a 1/2-day rainfall here in ABQ, not snow, this Saturday, which was great. Still a lot of winter to come...perhaps.

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15. Re: Yes it snows in Santa Fe and other NM Winter Weather Tips

Generally snow is not a big problem in Santa Fe. It does snow but is just a few inches at most, and tends to clear up. The streets are usually cleaned, at least in Plaza area. The bigger problem (may) be roads headed in and out of SF going to ABQ, Taos, etc. There is sometimes a problem when there is snow on i-25 near La Bajada (where there is a (slightly) steeper part of the highway. Its about 25 miles south of SF.Just check the news, but for the most part, there's not a cause for concern.

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16. Re: Yes it snows in Santa Fe and other NM Winter Weather Tips

Just so you know it snows: see this latest report about ski areas:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60958-i228-k60947…

In ABQ, no snow but Sandias and east side got some. Cold again, with touch of wind (with the accompanying front), but sunny skies again. Don't believe the storm affected any travel.

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