The weather will be much quieter today after seeing some fresh snow across the north last night. Expect a warm and sunny afternoon with very little wind! Friday will be warmer, but the winds will return for the afternoon.
Spot showers will also develop Friday afternoon across the western high terrain as our next storm closes in. The best chance of showers across the state will come Saturday into early Sunday morning. As the storm departs, expect fewer storms in the afternoon with the higher terrain favored once again.
A warm southwesterly flow sets up for the start of next week. Afternoon highs in Albuquerque will soar to the upper 70s to near 80°. Winds will pick up for the start of next week as well.
A nice day is on the way, but winds will be picking up through the afternoon. A storm system passing north will be responsible for that wind and give southern Colorado and far northern New Mexico a shot at snow. Winter Storm Watches are in effect for the northern portions of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, extending across Raton Pass, and into western Union county. The target time for snowfall will be this evening through early Thursday morning.
Additionally, a cold front will drop into eastern New Mexico. This front will cool down areas east of the central mountain chain, but will not make much more westward progress. Temps in central and western New Mexico stay on the mild side.
The workweek ends quietly, but another storm will cross the state over the weekend. This will give more of the state a shot at some showers. Then drier and much warmer weather to start next week.
After a cold start this morning, afternoon highs will end up a little warmer than yesterday. Despite the warm up, afternoon highs will still run about 5° – 10° below average for this time of year. More sunshine and less wind will also make today feel warmer than yesterday.
Over the weekend, a weak storm with limited moisture will cross the state. Widely scattered showers will be possible across much of the state, but the north and east will be favored for the most rainfall. Another inch or two of high elevation snowfall will also be possible over the Northern Mountains. Also expect more wind over the weekend as well.
A ridge of high pressure is still on track to set up over the state early next week. This will finally allow temperatures to recover and eventually warm to above average by Tuesday. Temps continue to warm through Wednesday and Thursday. With the ridge in place, there will also be plenty of sunshine and light winds.
Another storm will move in late next week. Models are in a bit of disagreement of when the storm arrives. One has it moving in Friday while another has it holding off until late Saturday or Sunday. When this storm arrives, another round of showers for at least northern New Mexico looks likely.
Showers will continue across the north today, while the rest of the state deals with wind and colder temperatures. Highs will be 15° – 20° below normal this afternoon. On top of that, winds will be gusting 45 – 55 mph across much of the state. That will make it feel even cooler. Wind advisories are in place across southeast and east central New Mexico for gusts up to 55 mph.
Meanwhile, showers will continue across the north. Additional light snow accumulations are expected over the higher peaks of the Northern Mountains. The showers come to an end this evening and tonight. As skies clear and the winds come down tonight, overnight lows will plummet with the cold air mass in place. Temperatures will be near or below freezing across much of the north by sunrise Friday morning.
Temperatures will recover for Friday afternoon as a ridge of high pressure moves in. However, afternoon highs will still be a few degrees below average. Over the weekend a pair of disturbances drop in, keeping scattered showers going across the state. The first one Saturday will favor the northern half of the state, while the second one Sunday will favor eastern New Mexico.
Everything clears out for the start of next week. A stronger ridge of high pressure sets in and will dominate the weather much of next week. This will mean quieter weather with more sunshine, less wind, and much warmer temperatures.
24 Hour Temperature Change as of 11:00am Thursday morning.
A storm is moving in today and with it comes more wind. Wind Advisories as well as Red Flag Warnings are in effect across eastern and southern New Mexico. You can see those below.
We’ll also see some rain and snow across the northern third of the state. Expect snow at the higher elevations and rain at the lower elevations starting this evening. Through the overnight hours, temperatures will be dropping. This will allow for the possibility of snow in valley locations. Even Albuquerque could see a spot snow shower tonight. However, don’t expect any accumulation. It will still be too warm right at the surface, so any snow that does reach the ground will melt on impact.
Showers will continue across the north through early Thursday afternoon. Afternoon highs Thursday will be about 10° – 15° below average for this time of year as well. The storm lifts out Thursday evening, making way for a much quieter Friday with more sunshine, warmer temps, and less wind.
Over the weekend another storm will roll across southern New Mexico. This one will bring more scattered rain showers for much more of the state. After this storm clears, a ridge of high pressure will set up over the state making for a quiet start to next week.