Wintry storms bring in much needed snow

Posted at: 02/14/2013 6:25 PM
Updated at: 02/14/2013 6:39 PM
By: Eddie Garcia, KOB Eyewitness News 4

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has the freshest snowpack numbers after that last round of storms early this week.

The San Juan Mountains in northern New Mexico are doing the best - they have 83 percent of the snowpack they should have.

Behind that is the Chama area, which has almost 80 percent, and the Sangre de Cristos have 71 percent.

While it is good news, the National Weather Service says we need much more.

"The last few storms we've seen have done some good things in the northern mountains, it's refreshed some of our snowpack," said National Weather Service Hydrologist Ed Polasko.

Places like Angel Fire, Red River and Chama got eight to nine inches in the latest storm.

The rest of New Mexico is still very dry - even so the National Weather Service says the new snow is helping our water supply - especially in the metro.

"Snow falling around Chama actually benefits the folks in Albuquerque," Polasko.

KOB 4 went up the Santa Fe Ski Area. Workers there are hopeful after the last few storms.

"The last storm, we got about seven inches out of it and any time we can get new snow it just kind of revitalizes the mountain and brings people out and the skiing is a good as it's been all year right now," said Santa Fe Ski Mountain Manager Ben Abruzzo.

While these recent storms have been encouraging to some parts of northern New Mexico, the National Weather Service says something dramatic is going to have to change for the rest of the winter.

"We're really going to need almost a storm-track that's on steroids and happens every three to five days," said Polasko.

Unless that happens, catching up on snow may become nearly impossible for winter 2013.