Our storm will work through the state today, delivering some additional light rain and snow to the state. The higher terrain of New Mexico will pick up a few more inches of snowfall. Passing light rain showers will continue in lower elevations, including the metro, through the morning hours.
By the afternoon, the showers will start to taper off from west to east. Eastern New Mexico will continue with scattered showers through at least the late afternoon. East central sections will be one of the more troubling travel spots. A cold front pushed through overnight allowing for mixed precip to develop there. I-40 in Tucumcari is a good example of some of the icy conditions.
The storm lifts out this evening, making way for a very nice workweek. Temperatures will slowly rebound, returning to springlike weather by the end of the week. Another storm will clip the state Thursday and Friday. While the Northern Mountains could pick up a few inches of snow, most of the state will get another round of wind.
Icy conditions on I-40 in Tucumcari on Sunday morning.
Valley rain and mountain snow will continue through the overnight hours. Most of the rain and snow during the day Saturday have been the result of moisture being pulled in ahead of the storm. The storm itself will cross the state tonight through Sunday.
All of the high elevation communities across New Mexico and Southern Colorado are now under a Winter Storm Warning. Winter Weather Advisories are in place for the Continental Divide and northeast. The northeast could see some change over to snow late tonight and tomorrow as a cold front sags in and cool temperatures down.
Areas like the Albuquerque metro will continue to see scattered rain showers through Sunday morning, then spot rain Sunday afternoon as the storm departs. Much quieter weather in on tap for the work week as skies clear and temperatures start to warm back up.
Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories as of Saturday evening.
Saturday morning is starting quiet for most. However, showers will start to expand across the state as the day presses on. Some mountain snow is already developing over the San Juans of Colorado and west facing slopes of the Northern Mountains. Through the morning hours, that activity will expand across western New Mexico.
As showers approach central sections, including the Albuquerque metro, winds will start to pick up. Valley rain will develop during the late afternoon and evening. The East Mountains will start off with mixed precip, eventually changing over to snow tonight.
Showers will continue for the metro through Sunday morning. Meanwhile a cold front will bank against the east facing slopes of the Northern Mountains. This will enhance snowfall on the east slopes as the storm exits late Sunday.
The workweek will feature quieter weather. However the occasional storm will deliver rounds of wind to the state throughout the week.
Winter Storm Watches, Warnings, and Winter Weather Advisories as of Saturday morning.
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.