The 10 Snowiest Cities In New Mexico For 2021


We looked at the data to see which cities in New Mexico have the most snow every year.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our first time ranking the snowiest cities in New Mexico.

Sure, a Saturday morning right after a foot of fluffy snow is the best thing ever. But that same amount of snow on Tuesday in New Mexico can make a commute last forever. So just imagine it's the dead of winter, and the time of year when the ground is frozen, the air is bone chilling, and there are piles of dirty, nasty ice encrusted snow all over the place.

This is about the time of year when you're just about ready for spring -- especially in Los Alamos, the snowiest place in New Mexico.

So, put on your parkas, snow boots and your gloves and let's go outside to see which New Mexico cities get dumped on the most every year. After analyzing all the cities in New Mexico with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as the 10 snowiest cities in Land of Enchantment.

What's the snowiest place in New Mexico with more than 5,000 people? That would be Los Alamos with an average annual snowfall of 42.5 inches.

Read on below to see where your town ranked, you snow angels.

And if you already knew these places were snowy, check out the best places to live in New Mexico or the cheapest places in New Mexico.

The 10 Snowiest Cities In New Mexico For 2021

Los Alamos, NM

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,815
Average Annual Snowfall: 42.5 inches
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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,927
Average Annual Snowfall: 42.5 inches
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Taos, NM

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,711
Average Annual Snowfall: 36.8 inches
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Raton, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,493
Average Annual Snowfall: 34.9 inches
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Gallup, NM

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 22,467
Average Annual Snowfall: 33.0 inches
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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,486
Average Annual Snowfall: 29.0 inches
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Ruidoso, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,884
Average Annual Snowfall: 28.4 inches
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Santa Fe, NM

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 83,008
Average Annual Snowfall: 27.8 inches
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Las Vegas, NM

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,713
Average Annual Snowfall: 26.2 inches
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Tucumcari, NM

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,157
Average Annual Snowfall: 20.0 inches
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How We Determined The Cities In New Mexico With The Most Snow

In order to rank the snowiest cities in New Mexico, we only had to scrape the database of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to see which cities in the Land of Enchantment get the most annual snowfall.

Before we get too far, here are the annual snowfall rates for major cities:

  • Albuquerque -- 13.4 inches
  • Las Cruces -- 2.6 inches
  • Rio Rancho -- 11.3 inches

There's a complete chart at the bottom.

If you're curious, here are the places that get the least amount of snow in New Mexico with at least snow snowfall:

  1. Anthony -- 0.5 inches
  2. Deming -- 2.1 inches
  3. Las Cruces -- 2.6 inches

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Snowiest Places In New Mexico

Rank City Snow (Inches) Population
1 Los Alamos 42.5 11,815
2 White Rock 42.5 5,927
3 Taos 36.8 5,711
4 Raton 34.9 6,493
5 Gallup 33.0 22,467
6 Eldorado At Santa Fe 29.0 6,486
7 Ruidoso 28.4 7,884
8 Santa Fe 27.8 83,008
9 Las Vegas 26.2 13,713
10 Tucumcari 20.0 5,157
11 North Valley 17.0 11,221
12 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 17.0 6,067
13 Aztec 13.9 6,501
14 Grants 13.6 9,243
15 Albuquerque 13.4 556,092
16 Clovis 12.9 39,466
17 Bernalillo 12.9 8,522
18 Farmington 12.8 44,865
19 Corrales 11.6 8,455
20 Kirtland 11.4 6,068
21 Rio Rancho 11.3 91,807
22 Lee Acres 11.3 6,480
23 Zuni Pueblo 11.0 9,494
24 Roswell 9.6 48,553
25 Bloomfield 9.4 7,735
26 South Valley 8.9 41,660
27 Portales 7.7 12,416
28 Artesia 6.9 11,641
29 Los Lunas 6.6 15,281
30 Rio Communities 6.4 5,189
31 Los Chaves 6.4 5,067
32 Shiprock 6.0 8,496
33 Belen 6.0 7,209
34 Socorro 5.8 8,843
35 Alamogordo 5.7 31,198
36 Chaparral 5.5 13,629
37 Carlsbad 5.3 27,592
38 Sunland Park 5.2 15,142
39 Silver City 4.7 10,184
40 Hobbs 3.8 36,191
41 North Hobbs 3.4 6,034
42 Lovington 3.3 11,499
43 Truth Or Consequences 3.1 6,266
44 Las Cruces 2.6 101,164
45 Deming 2.1 14,667
46 Anthony 0.5 9,429

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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