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Worried about snowfall tapering off as we get later into the ski season? Don’t be.
New Mexico’s winter sports enthusiasts have reason to celebrate this season, as a robust El Niño pattern promises enhanced snowfall. El Niño, characterized by warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the Pacific, tends to influence the jet stream, bringing wetter weather to the Southwest United States during winter.
The current sea surface temperatures are well above average, indicating a strong El Niño, which historically correlates with above-average rainfall and snowfall in New Mexico. While El Niño doesn’t cause individual storms, it sets the stage for a more active weather pattern throughout the winter months.
Considering these factors, meteorologists have analyzed long-range forecasts and compared current conditions to previous winters. The outlook for winter in New Mexico is optimistic, with the collective influence of El Niño and other climate patterns expected to contribute to increased snowfall and a favorable environment for winter sports. In fact, as we write this, a large winter storm event is headed for the New Mexico area this weekend.
Visitors to New Mexico should be prepared for snow. If renting a vehicle, choose something with all-wheel drive. It doesn’t hurt to know how to put chains on your tires, either. And don’t be surprised if your commute is affected by increased snowfall.
Ski resorts and winter sports enthusiasts can anticipate a season of ample snow, providing optimal conditions for skiing and other winter activities. While other ski resorts across the country may close due to a lack of snow this time of year, New Mexico will be thriving.