When Does El Paso Usually See Snow? And How Much?

POSTED: Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 11:31am

UPDATED: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 9:44pm

I always seem to get the same question once it starts to get colder and especially around the Holidays, "When is it going to snow?". Every year is a little different depending on what weather pattern we are in. ( "EL Nino", wet, or "La Nina" drier). El Paso can see snow flurries, mainly, as early as October and has been hit with snowfall as late as May!

Thanks to the hard working guys and gals at the National Weather Service for the El Paso Area, located in Santa Teresa, NM, I thought I would give you the averages and extremes. 

Here are all the snowfall extremes for El Paso;

MAX IN 24 HOURS                                      16.8 IN DEC 13 - 14, 1987
MAX MONTHLY                                             25.9 IN DEC 1987
MAX IN A 12 MONTH PERIOD                   35.2 IN NOV 1982 - APR 1983
MAX SEASONAL                                           32.5 IN NOV 1987 - FEB 1988

GREATEST DEPTH ON GROUND            16 IN DEC 14, 1987

EARLIEST .5 IN OR MORE                         1  IN  OCT 28, 1980
EARLIEST LESS THAN .5 IN                      TRACE OCT 15, 1925

MINIMUM YEARLY AMOUNTS                   0 IN NUMEROUS YEARS

ANNUAL NORMAL                                       6.6 IN ANNUAL NORMAL

The last time El Paso saw significant snowfall was back on Thanksgiving night , November 24th into the morning of the 25th where it piled up to an official 7.7" at the airport! Some areas of town saw even more!

Here are the big snow fall events that have hit El Paso ;


All time heavy snowfall events for El Paso


•22.4 inches December 13-14, 1987

•16.5 inches April 4-7, 1983
•8.6 inches December 8-10, 1960
•8.4 inches November 18-19, 1906
•8.1 inches February 2, 1956
•7.8 inches November 13-14, 1961
•7.7 inches November 24-25, 2007
•7.3 inches March 11-12, 1958
•7.1 inches December 7-8, 1951
•7.0 inches December 30-31, 1982
•7.0 inches November 26-27, 1968
•6.7 inches November 27-28, 1976
•6.1 inches March 5, 1984
•6.0 inches December 25-26, 1982
•6.0 inches November 12-13, 1976
•6.0 inches November 27-28, 1969
•6.0 inches December 8-9, 1960
•5.5 inches January 7-8, 1906
•5.4 inches November 5, 1889
•5.3 inches February 5, 1988
•5.3 inches December 14-16, 1967
•5.3 inches February 12-13, 1963


Monthly Extreme, 25.9 inches in December 1987

Hopefully this gives you a better understanding of El Paso's past experiences with snowfall. We will always keep an eye on the potential for snow when cold air dives down from the north or northwest and all the ingredients are in place to turn El Paso into a "Winter Wonderland".

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Thank you for those facts, I remember those days when we used to get some respectable snow fall. I remember the "blizzard" of Jan 1997 wasn't a lot of snow but was windy and cold as heck, there where vehicles abandoned all over the city.

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