A winter storm warning is in effect for Taos County and Northern New Mexico today through Tuesday night (Feb. 18-19), according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque
. Snow accumulations may be 1 to 2 feet in the mountains, with up to 6 inches in the valleys. The storm’s accompanying winds of 5-15 miles per hour, could lead to drifts and significant wind chill in some places.
“Snow showers likely, mainly after 11 a.m.,” the National Weather Service states about the storm’s onset during President’s Day (Monday, Feb. 18). “Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.”
Local ski areas are continuing to enjoy the flurry of storms. Taos Ski Valley reported a fresh 7 inch layer of powder overnight and 19 inches total over the last week. Red River Ski Area reported an additional 8 inches of snow, while Angel Fire Resort and Sipapu Ski Resort each picked up 2 more inches.
Tonight, snow showers are predicted by meteorologists, with lows around 13 degrees fahrenheit. “Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible," according to a statement from the National Weather Service.
Tuesday, more snow is predicted with a high of 24 degrees: ”Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible."
Tuesday night, meteorologists predict scattered snow showers. “Mostly cloudy, with a low around 4. Wind chill values as low as -3. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.”
Then, Wednesday (Feb. 20), things will let up as the skies clear and the sun comes out. High will be around 25 degrees with a west wind around 10 mph.
It will only be a respite because another storm system will be rolling in Thursday (Feb. 21) and continuing through Saturday (Feb. 23) promising more snow. So, bundle up, wax those skis and stay warm.