March 10th, 2014 at 8:47 pm by Mark Ronchetti under Weather
After a mild day today things will change a bit over the next few days. A storm system will pass to our north on Tuesday. This will drive a strong cold front through the east late Tuesday. That front will drop temps well below average over eastern NM on Wednesday. Winds will also be a major factor both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Herein the metro area look for mild temps (highs in the mid 60′s) on Tuesday with wind gusts up to 35 mph. Late in the evening the cold front will move in from the east. As the cold air squeezes through the canyon we could well see guts over 40 mph. This will lead to a cool day on Wednesday with highs struggling to get into the 50′s. Any snow we see will be concentrated along the east slopes of the northern mtns.
The real excitement gets going on Thursday and Friday when a storm rolls through the state from Arizona. This system looks like its got some punch. The northern and western mountains may well pick up some significant snow. Here is where the storm will be located early Friday. Stay tuned it could get interesting at the end of the work week.
March 4th, 2014 at 1:34 pm by Mark Ronchetti under Weather
A relatively weak storm system will clip the northern portion of the state overnight tonight. This will lead to a few inches of snow over the high peaks and at the resorts. We could even see a few spot showers in the metro areas. However, they won’t be significant enough to worry about. Skies will quickly clear for Wednesday and Thursday with temps rising significantly. We could top 70° here in the metro area by Thursday.
Friday will signify big time changes. It is looking more and more likely that another powerful storm will drop into NM for Friday night and Saturday. This storm could well deliver more rain for valley areas and snow for the mountains. The European model has been jumping on this possible scenario for a few days now. Take a look at the liquid precip possibility through the weekend. It looks great no doubt!
March 3rd, 2014 at 9:31 pm by Mark Ronchetti under Weather
A weak storm system will pass to our north on Tuesday. The only real impact from this system will be some snow showers over the northern mountains. Here in the metro area we will see clouds increase on Tuesday but little else will impact the metro weather wise. By Wednesday skies clear statewide and sunny skies rule through Thursday with warming temps.
The action ramps up again toward the weekend. Models are currently at odds with what track a weekend system will take. The European model is definitely more favorable for NM to see significant rain and snow. Take a look at the European track. It drops far enough into the state to lead us to believe this could be another good state precip maker. Stay tuned more details at we get closer.
February 28th, 2014 at 5:41 pm by Mark Ronchetti under Weather
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!
February 27th, 2014 at 10:46 pm by Mark Ronchetti under Weather
Our first of a one two storm punch is exiting the state now. However, not without some excitement. Wind gusts have topped 60mph as the storm worked through in the Albuquerque metro area. A high wind warning is in effect for the east on Friday where gusts could hit 70 mph. Here in the metro winds will come down to 15-25 mph with partly cloudy skies.
By Saturday a stronger and far wetter storm will work through. It will spread valley rain and mountain snow across the northern 2/3rds of the state. The metro areas best shot for rain will be Saturday PM through Sunday AM. Most precip will fall as rain below 7,000′. Although a winter mix early Sunday can’t be ruled out.
The mountains of the north look poised to pick up 12″+ of snow through Sunday night. This would be huge for the resorts who are in desperate need of snow. Here is a look at the liquid precip totals as the models see it through Sunday. Impressive.