Red River Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Red River, New Mexico has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Red River usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that the ski resort normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when Red River can expect the first and last snowfalls of the season.

All the numbers are long-term historical averages based on weather data gathered from 1981 to 2010 in Red River, near the base of the ski area.

How Often it Snows in Red River

This first table lists monthly and yearly totals for amount of snow and how many days it snows at least 0.1 inches (0.25 centimetres).

Average total snowfall and days with fresh snow in Red River
Days   Inches Centimetres
  6.8 January   20.5   52.1
  8.1 February   26.6   67.6
  9.2 March   33.6   85.3
  6.4 April   25.9   65.8
  1.7 May     6.7   17.0
  0.1 September     0.1     0.3
  2.6 October     7.7   19.6
  6.2 November   19.6   49.8
  7.1 December   18.8   47.8
48.2 Year 159.5 405.1

These averages don't show how much the snowfall in Red River varies from year to year.

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 23.6 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 11.6 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to 28 inches or more, while the lightest years get 11 inches or less.

New snow for February ranges from over 34.8 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 13.6 inches in light years.

The greatest range occurs in March when years with high amounts of fresh snow get over 47.7 inches, while years with relatively little new snow receive at most 13 inches

When Red River Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Red River usually arrives in October. About once a decade it snows as early as September.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in May, although sometimes Red River receives no new snow after April.

The mountain town is normally free of snow every year from June to August.

How Many Snowstorms Red River Gets

Most days of snowfall in Red River result in at least an inch of fresh snow on the ground. For 21 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals three inches or more.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur 11 times a year. Of these, 3 or 4 are major blizzards that dump ten inches or more. Storms that severe can show up at Red River anytime from October to May.

Number of days per month and year on average in Red River with a total snowfall of at least 1, 3, 5 or 10 inches
1 inch
2.5 cm
3 inches
7.6 cm
  5 inches
12.7 cm
10 inches
25.4 cm
  5.4   2.9 January   1.3 0.3
  6.8   3.3 February   1.9 0.6
  7.9   4.3 March   2.7 0.7
  5.4   3.4 April   1.8 0.6
  1.5   0.8 May   0.5 0.3
  0.1   0.0 September   0.0 0.0
  2.2   1.3 October   0.7 0.1
  4.9   2.2 November   1.3 0.5
  5.5   2.3 December   1.2 0.3
39.7 20.5 Year 11.4 3.4

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Red River

For about two-thirds of winter days, Red River has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during January and February. Typically, on 12 days in January and another 11 in February, snow covering the ski resort gets to ten or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Red River with snow depth of at least 1, 3, 5 or 10 inches on the ground
1 inch
2.5 cm
3 inches
7.6 cm
  5 inches
12.7 cm
10 inches
25.4 cm
  23.1 20.8 January 18.3 12.0
  21.4 18.5 February 15.9 10.5
  17.9 15.3 March 13.2   8.9
    6.0   4.7 April   3.6   2.2
    1.0   0.6 May   0.4   0.1
    2.5   1.6 October   0.9   0.2
  11.5   7.9 November   5.1   2.2
  19.4 14.3 December 12.2   6.5
102.8 83.7 Year 69.6 42.6
Reference

National Climatic Data Center. NOAA's 1981-2010 Climate Normals.

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