Is Popocatepetl snowsure?

The snowiest week in Popocatepetl is week 2 of March. There are typically 1.4 snowy days during this week with 7cm of snowfall. Check out the Popocatepetl Snow History graphs below.Select any week of the year to see the typical Ski Conditions, Snowfall Amount and Temperature based on nowcast weather data over the last 11 years.

Average monthly snow in Popocatepetl

MonthSnow amount (week)Snow days (week)
December1cm0.5 days
January2cm0.8 days
February2cm0.8 days
March5cm1.0 days
April2cm0.3 days

Average Snow and Weather Conditions in Popocatepetl during December (week 1):

The average snowfall forecast during week 1 of December for Popocatepetl is 0 cm. There are typically 0.4 snowy days during this week. Popocatepetl normal weather and snow conditions during the first week of December at the middle elevation of the ascent of the mountain at 4250m, based on historical averages over the last 10 years: At this time of year the typical freezing level (4645m) is slightly above the middle elevation of Popocatepetl. A day with snowfall happens on average every second year during the first week of December but rainy days are even rarer and you can expect on average one rainy day every 5 years. In the years when snow falls at this time of year, forecast model average snowfall for the week is 0cm. Daytime temperatures at the middle elevation in Popocatepetl during week one of December usually get above freezing (average maximum is 1.6°C) but nightime temperatures typically fall to -0.5°C degrees so expect freeze-thaw cycles. Reliably sunny. On average, only one or two days each week are overcast and the rest have at least some sun. Generally light winds (average 11km/h). Below-freezing, calm and sunny ideal weather days that follow fresh snow (bluebird powder days) are not expected but bluebird days that do not have fresh snowfall happen on average three days during this week in any given year..


Snow History: Compare Resorts


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Snow Depths

Recorded snow depths for the upper and lower slopes in Popocatepetl and (2007 – 2018).

Winter
Summer

Popocatepetl


Lower Slopes
Upper Slopes
Fresh Snow

Average Snow Conditions in

Best ski days per week in Popocatepetl and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Bluebird Powder Day
(Fresh snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Powder Day
(Fresh snow, limited sun, any wind)
Bluebird Day
(Average snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Very windy days
(>30km/h)

The most cherished days on the mountain in Popocatepetl are Bluebird Powder days when it is mostly sunny with light winds following very recent snowfall. Poorer weather conditions may prevail on Powder days when the visibility can be limited but the snow is significantly deep and fresh for keen powder-hounds. Bluebird days can suit many skiers that aren’t necessarily hunting powder but want to enjoy the snowy mountains in sunnier conditions and light winds.


Average Snowfall in

Graph showing the average precipitation (snow/rain) in Popocatepetl and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Snowfall amount
(bar chart)
Days with significant snowfall.
(>5cm)
Days with significant rainfall.
(>5mm)

The snowiest weeks of the year in Popocatepetl are shown but also bear in mind the number of days that it typically snows each week if you want regular fresh tracks. The risk of a rainy day is shown but be sure to switch between elevations to see if lower lifts are rain affected or higher lifts remain snowy despite any rain further down the mountain.


Average Temperature in

Graph showing the average temperature and freezing level at Popocatepetl and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Average temperature
Maximum
Minimum
Temperatures
Above freezing
Below freezing
Freezing level
Dashed line

The highest and lowest temperatures averaged for each week of the year in Popocatepetl are shown. Check out the risk of freze-thaw conditions prevailing at different elevations for any given week. We also show the extremes of temperature (blue/red dots) that reveal the chance of unusually warm or cold conditions.