Rio Arriba Issues Winter Storm Warning: Heavy Snow

Rio Arriba Emergency Services News:

A fast moving storm system will deliver a quick burst of winter weather to northern New Mexico this evening through Wednesday in Rio Arriba County.

Rain and high terrain snow showers will develop along a cold front entering northern New Mexico later today. Rain will change to snow over the northern high terrain and the Northeast Highlands and Plains as colder air overspreads the region tonight.

The heaviest snowfall accumulations are expected over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Raton Pass. Light snowfall amounts by early Wednesday morning are possible over the northeast plains and within the upper Rio Grande Valley.

  • WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up to 12 inches, are expected.
  • WHERE…Northern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet including Red River, Southern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet, East Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Raton Ridge and Johnson Mesa.
  • WHEN…F rom 8 PM this evening to 4 PM MDT Wednesday.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on difficult travel conditions. Expect significant reductions in visibility at times.


A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.