March 11th, 2014 at 12:30 pm by John Smith under Weather
High winds will continue across the state this afternoon, especially east.
High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories are in place across most of eastern New Mexico. Some areas out east will see gusts up to 65 mph. A warm, westerly wind will be in place through the early afternoon. Then, as a cold front moves into the east, the winds will shift to a cooler, northerly flow.
As the front pushes into the northeast, a couple of inches of snow will be possible from the Raton Pass area over to the higher peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Combined with the wind, some blowing snow will be possible. Areas that don’t see snow will see more blowing dust.
Expect a much cooler afternoon Wednesday behind the front. Temperatures rebound for Thursday, but another storm sets up to the west. That could lead to a few showers late Thursday into Friday.
Wind Advisories and High Wind Warnings as of noon on Tuesday.
March 10th, 2014 at 12:47 pm by John Smith under Weather
The weather this week will be very springlike with fluctuating temperatures, and bouts of high winds.
The warm up that started yesterday will continue for today. Highs across the state will be well above average for this time of year. A storm will pass to our north on Tuesday. Spot snow will be possible over the Northern Mountains, extending east toward the Raton Pass area.
However, the bigger story will be the winds. Strong westerly winds during the day will give way to even stronger northerly winds after a front drops in behind the storm Tuesday night. A High Wind Watch is up for the far eastern counties of New Mexico for gusts up to 60 mph and could be expanded later today.
Behind the front, temperatures drop 15° – 30° for Wednesday. Afternoon highs rebound Thursday. Another front halts our warm up on Friday, but it doesn’t significantly cool down most areas. The warm up resumes Saturday, before another potential cool down for Sunday.
March 8th, 2014 at 5:27 am by John Smith under Weather
Showers over the Northern Mountains and northeast will taper off throughout the morning. As the storm exits, cool air will continue to filter in, making for a chilly Saturday afternoon. Skies will be clearing, however, west to east through the day.
Sunday will feature more sunshine and much warmer temperatures. A westerly flow will help add 10° – 15° to today’s highs for Sunday afternoon. The warmup continues into Monday as highs in Albuquerque will reach near 70°. In the southeast, highs will reach near 80° by Tuesday.
A cold front will enter the northeast corner of the state during the day Tuesday. This front will sweep across the state Tuesday night, allowing for a cooler day Wednesday. A few showers across the northeast will be possible with the front late Tuesday into Wednesday.
March 5th, 2014 at 2:33 pm by John Smith under Weather
New Mexico will experience more springlike weather before another storm tries to return winter to the Land of Enchantment. Temperatures on Thursday will be well above average for this time of year. Highs in the east will warm well into the 70s, while the Albuquerque metro will reach the upper 60s.
Our next storm arrives Friday. The track on this storm still looks good, but there are some issues with the most recent model runs. The storm is going to have a difficult time pulling in moisture. While one model does look better than the other, none look terribly impressive for statewide showers.
The storm strength is still going to be good enough to allow some upslope over the Northern Mountains where a few inches of snow is still possible Friday into Saturday. Additional shower activity will favor the north and east, primarily Saturday morning. One thing the entire state will see is wind and a temperature drop of 10° – 20°.
The image below shows one of the models for Saturday morning. While the strength of the storm looks good at about 18,000 ft (left), the moisture associated with the storm (right) is not very impressive.
GFS model showing the next storm on Saturday morning.
March 5th, 2014 at 11:38 am by John Smith under Weather
The little storm that rolled through yesterday will continue to lift out today. Expect clearing skies across the east throughout the day. Temperatures will warm up quite a bit for Thursday. The high in Albuquerque will reach the upper 60s, while most of the east warms well into the 70s. With a westerly flow in place, Thursday will also be breezy at times.
Another storm moves into the state for Friday. This storm will be similar to last weekend’s storm, though snow totals will likely not be quite as high. However, a decent round of valley rain and mountain snow is still possible Friday into Saturday. Cooler air will also move in, especially east where a cold front will drop temperatures.
The battle of the seasons continues into next week. As the storm clears out, temperatures warm right back up for the start of next week.