Taos Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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

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

The numbers are 30-year averages, based mainly on weather data gathered from 1991 to 2020 in Taos. Snow depth data are for 1981 to 2010.

How Often it Snows in Taos

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 Taos
Days   Inches Centi­metres
2.6 January 6.0 15.2
2.4 February 3.3 8.4
1.2 March 4.0 10.2
1.0 April 1.9 4.8
0.0 May 0.0 0.0
0.5 October 1.4 3.6
1.2 November 2.8 7.1
3.1 December 9.0 22.9
12.0 Year 28.4 72.1

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

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 17.1 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 1.7 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 10.2 inches, while the lightest years get less than two inches.

New snow for February ranges from over four inches in heavy snowfall years to under 1.1 inches in light years.

When Taos Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Taos often arrives in November. Yet in some years it snows in October, while in others snow doesn't show up until December.

The season's last snowfall usually happens in March. But a late snow can show up in April.

Taos is normally free of snow every year from May to September.

How Many Snowstorms Taos Gets

Most days of snowfall in Taos leave at least an inch of fresh snow on the ground. For three or four days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals three inches or more.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur once or twice a year. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events that happen only a few times per decade.

Number of days per month and year on average in Taos 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
2.3 0.8 January 0.2 0.1
1.6 0.4 February 0.2 0.0
1.1 0.4 March 0.2 0.1
0.9 0.1 April 0.1 0.1
0.5 0.2 October 0.0 0.0
0.9 0.4 November 0.2 0.0
2.7 1.2 December 0.4 0.0
10.0 3.5 Year 1.3 0.3

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Taos

For about one-quarter of winter days, Taos has at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mostly accumulates during December and January, but doesn't remain deep for long. Just one or two days a winter in Taos have snow piling up to ten or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Taos 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
10.7 5.5 January 2.5 0.1
6.7 3.8 February 1.7 0.4
1.8 0.5 March 0.2 0.0
0.9 0.0 April 0.0 0.0
1.7 0.8 November 0.4 0.0
8.9 5.9 December 3.4 0.7
31.3 16.7 Year 8.3 1.2

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). Climate Normals.

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