Winter Storm Watch for Taos, New Mexico Today | 6-12″ of Snow Forecast

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12,481-foot Kachina Peak at Taos, NM. photo: taos
12,481-foot Kachina Peak at Taos, NM. photo: taos

Taos is one of our favorite ski resorts anywhere and it’s in the bulleye of NOAA’s 2015/16 Strong El Nino Winter Outlook If you can make it happen, you need to make sure to get yourself Taos this winter.

NOAA has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Taos, New Mexico area that’s in effect from midnight tonight until 6am Tuesday morning.

SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE LIKELY FOR THE
NORTHERN MOUNTAINS... - NOAA Albuquerque, NM today

This Winter Weather Advisory encompasses Taos, Angel Fire, & currently open Sipapu ski resorts in New Mexico.  Sipapu is gonna have a good powder day or two this week.

Pin = Taos. PINK = Winter Storm Warning.
Pin = Taos. PINK = Winter Storm Warning.

NOAA is forecasting 6-12″ of snow for the big mountains of northern New Mexico.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...6 TO 10 INCHES WITH LOCALLY AROUND ONE FOOT
  OF SNOW OVER THE SAN JUAN...JEMEZ AND SANGRE DE CRISTO
  MOUNTAINS. 3 TO 6 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OVER THE
  FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS AND UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY. 
  - NOAA Albuquerque, NM today
Snow forecast map showing
Snow forecast map showing 6-12″ of snow for the Taos area.

Snow levels will be down to valley floors for the majority of the storm.

* SNOW LEVELS...LOWER ELEVATION RAIN WILL CHANGE RAPIDLY TO SNOW
  BY EARLY MORNING MONDAY. - NOAA Albuquerque, NM today
High snow probability for NM on Monday.
High snow probability for NM on Monday.

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Sipapu ski resort is open right now in New Mexico and Taos is scheduled to open on November 26th.

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Taos, a four letter word for steep.
Taos, a four letter word for steep.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for NEW MEXICO:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
352 PM MST SUN NOV 15 2015

...SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATING SNOW FOR THE NORTH AND WEST LATE
TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT...
FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-
WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-
NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER-
SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET-
EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM
MST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM MST TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH
IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...6 TO 10 INCHES WITH LOCALLY AROUND ONE FOOT
  OF SNOW OVER THE SAN JUAN...JEMEZ AND SANGRE DE CRISTO
  MOUNTAINS. 3 TO 6 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OVER THE
  FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS AND UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN LATE TONIGHT OVER THE SAN JUAN AND
  JEMEZ MOUNTAINS AS WELL AS THE FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS...THEN
  SPREAD EASTWARD INTO THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS AND UPPER
  RIO GRANDE VALLEY MONDAY. SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVIER AND MORE
  WIDESPREAD MONDAY AFTERNOON AND MONDAY NIGHT BEFORE TAPERING
  OFF EARLY TUESDAY.

* WINDS...SOUTHWEST TO WEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 40
  MPH. GUSTS TO 50 MPH ARE POSSIBLE OVER RIDGETOPS. WINDS WILL
  BECOME NORTHWEST MONDAY NIGHT AND SLOWLY DIMINISH.

* SNOW LEVELS...LOWER ELEVATION RAIN WILL CHANGE RAPIDLY TO SNOW
  BY EARLY MORNING MONDAY.

* LOCAL IMPACTS...GREATLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN SNOW AND BLOWING
  SNOW WILL MAKE FOR DANGEROUS TRAVEL. SOME LOCATIONS AFFECTED
  INCLUDE HIGHWAY 64 FROM DULCE EASTWARD TO RATON...STATE ROAD 17
  FROM CHAMA TO THE COLORADO BORDER AND STATE ROAD 38 FROM QUESTA
  TO EAGLE NEST.
5-day liquid precipitation forecast map showing 1.5 inches for southern Utah which would translate to 18" of snow.
5-day liquid precipitation forecast map showing around 1.5 inches for northern NM which would translate to 18″ of snow.

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