A powerful west coast storm will come ashore tonight and head through New Mexico over the weekend. Look for clouds to increase across the area tonight. Showers will begin in western sections overnight and spread east into the metro area by early Saturday afternoon. Most everything that falls in the metro will be rain. We could pick up some snow showers Sunday as a pacific cold front comes in but the impacts should not be as great as the wind and rain impacts along the valley floor. Look for showers and a winter mix to continue through Sunday morning before skies clear.
As far as the mountains go this storm should be very good. 10″-14″ of snow will be possible over the southern San Juans and Sangre de Cristo mountains. The snow will reach its peak late Saturday through early Sunday. Some snow could well last into Sunday evening along the east slopes.
This storm will most definitely favor the western 2/3rds of the state with the east mainly getting wind. However, showers late Saturday and Sunday will still bear watching. Here is a look at the liquid expected to fall over the state and the snow amounts. Impressive numbers overall!
Today we see somewhat of a break, then our next storm moves in tonight. Despite today being quieter, winds will still be an issue across eastern New Mexico. Winds will come down some this evening before ramping back up again for Saturday.
As moisture gets drawn up ahead of our next storm, snow will redevelop across the San Juans of Southern Colorado. The low elevation rain and mountain snow will expand from the Four Corners down to west central and southwestern New Mexico through Saturday morning. Snow will also move into the west facing slopes of the Northern Mountains. Portions of the Northern Mountains could see over a foot of snow by Sunday evening.
The best window for rain in Albuquerque will be Saturday night through Sunday morning. A back door cold front will also drop into the northeast Sunday morning allowing east slope snow to develop. By Sunday afternoon the storm will start to exit, allowing precip to end west to east.
Much of next week looks quiet with only the occasional storm passing to the north delivering bouts of wind to New Mexico.
Winter Storm Watches and Warnings as of noon on Friday.
It’ll be party sunny this Friday with a high near 67 and a west wind of 10 to 15 mph. Tonight expect a 10 percent chance of showers, and mostly cloudy skies with a low around 41 and a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph. Ther’s a chance of showers both Saturday and Sunday.
5. Metro Court in Albuquerque is closed today and tomorrow for a computer system update. Older online criminal records will disappear from the system because Metro Court can’t afford to pay for the storage space, so checking an online criminal record is about to become more difficult.
4. Today we could find out the legal proceedings ahead in the case of a Valencia County teen accused of murder. At issue is whether 15 year old Brandon Villalobos will be tried as a juvenile or an adult. Villalobos is accused of killing 12-year-old Alex Madrid in Meadow Lake, near Los Lunas on February 18th. Villalobos’ attorney does not believe her client understands the charges against him.
3. Businesses in Santa Fe can no longer put customer purchases in plastic bags. Violators can be fined and eventually lose their business licenses if they don’t comply. Santa Fe is giving merchants a 30 day grace period before the new law is enforced.
2. Federal authorities at WIPP say 182 essential workers at the nuclear waste storage facility are still on the job, working above ground, and believed to be safe. Authorities announced 13 workers tested positive for radiation contamination following a leak at the site two weeks ago. The Feds say the radiation detected was low level. New Mexico’s two US senators are asking the e-Environmental Protection Agency to conduct independent air quality tests. Conspiracy theorists online are having a heyday with the WIPP story, check out the story here on KRQE.com.
1. It’ll be party sunny this Friday with a high near 67 and a west wind of 10 to 15 mph. Tonight expect a 10 percent chance of showers, and mostly cloudy skies with a low around 41 and a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph. Ther’s a chance of showers both Saturday and Sunday