We have a nice one two combination heading for New Mexico over the next 24 hours. Moisture sliding up from the south combined with a low-pressure system moving in from the west will spread showers across the state. The areas first hit will be across western sections of the state overnight tonight. Here in the metro early Friday morning we will get the chance of showers and that chance for scattered storms will continue into the afternoon.
Some areas could pick over A half inch of rain over the next day or so. Skies will clear quickly clear late on Friday. As drier air rolls in. Here is a look at the overall rainfall projections. the most impressive thing about this image is how much of the state could pick up measurable rain. The numbers don’t look huge but anything helps.
The weekend looks largely dry with mostly sunny skies. The chance for storms will increase again but that won’t be until next week.
Albuquerque Public Schools volunteers will be handing out school supplies to students in need at Milne Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 8 a.m. until the goods are gone.
The supplies will be in bags that include such items as crayons, pencils, paper and glue for younger students and spiral notebooks, pens, binders, and compasses for middle and high school students.
The district has been collecting thousands of bags with supplies through their school supply drive throughout the summer. Among the supporters of these drives were Walmart and the Albuquerque Corporate Volunteer Council who held a “Fill-the-Bus Drive” encouraging locals to fill school buses with back-to-school items.
APS expects that thousands will benefit from the drive.
The middle of the workweek has been quiet with only a handful of storms each afternoon across the state. That all changes today as a storm system approaches from the west. As the storm moves into Arizona, southerly flow ahead of it will help reintroduce moisture to the state during the day Thursday.
However, don’t expect many storms to develop until the low crosses the western part of the state late tonight and Friday. The storm system will act as a trigger to help convert the moisture already in place into showers and storms. Western New Mexico can expect storms to develop by daybreak Friday. Central areas, including the Albuquerque metro will see storm development by the early afternoon.
Unfortunately, this storm system is moving rather fast and will exit the state Friday evening. As the storm exits, drier air will work back in behind it, leading to a quieter weekend. A few spot storms will still be possible over the higher terrain Saturday and Sunday.
Early next week the models disagree with what will exactly happen. One model wants to return abundant moisture to the state, leading to better crops of afternoon storms. The other model keeps us on the drier side.
Moisture works back into the state ahead of storm that will arrive during the day Friday.
Not much rain expected again today. Most of the state will remain dry and warm with partly cloudy skies. Some shower and storm activity will take place in southeast portions of the state today. We’ll also hold the chance for mountain storms. By tomorrow, we’ll see a significant boost in our rain chance. Today, mostly sunny to partly cloudy, highs near 89°. Tonight, increasing clouds, isol’d storms, lows near 66°.
Time for the five things you need to know before you go this morning.
5. President Obama says U.S. air strikes will continue against terrorists from ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, despite one american journalist being beheaded and threats of the same thing happening to another one. The U.S. says it tried to rescue the hostages this summer, but troops couldn’t find them.
4. APS says it hopes to have the school bus problems resolved in the next few days. The district and the bus companies it contracts with are about 40 drivers short. That leaves some routes behind schedule and causes other problems.
3. APS hopes to have an interim superintendent picked by tomorrow. The board hopes to pick five finalists today and vote on one tomorrow. Former superintendent Winston Brooks resigned last week, but neither he nor the board will say why.
2. Today we should learn more about yesterday’s massive manhunt for a suspected murderer near Taylor Ranch. Bernalillo county sheriff’s deputies say they got into a gunfight with Trinidad Gallegos. That’s when he took off, broke into two homes and was found hiding in a closet inside one of them. Deputies say Gallegos killed a man and dumped his body off I-40 near the Route 66 Casino back in May.
1. Today will be warm and partly cloud with a chance of isolated storms.