November 20th, 2013 at 8:43 pm by Mark Ronchetti under Weather
A lot to talk about weather wise over the next 5 days. I have to say today was wetter than i thought it would be. We expected some showers over the four corners but jet energy and some imbedded weather makers kept the light rain going farther south over the Albuquerque metro area.
Tomorrow all eyes shift to a big time cold front barreling in NE New Mexico. This front will help expand an icy mix across the east in the evening hours and snow into the northern mountains. Meanwhile here in the metro scattered showers will be the rule with east winds ramping way up Thursday night. Those east winds are likely to create a bit of a snow hole in the metro area through much of Friday. However, if we can get set a band of precip up over the valley we may be able to mitigate some of the shadow effects.
By Friday 12″+ of snow is likely in the northern mountains with the east mountains picking up 3″-6″. Meanwhile the eastern part of the state could be looking at pockets of accumulating ice, a rare event for NM.
This will not end our active weather. A strong low pressure system will then pass through the state over the weekend. This system will have a chance to deliver another shot of snow over a broad area of NM.
November 19th, 2013 at 7:32 pm by Mark Ronchetti under Weather
A strong westerly flow will set up over New Mexico on Wednesday. Most of the state will be under partly sunny skies and mild temps. The best chance at showers will reside over the NW portion of the state and SW Colorado. Here in the metro area temps will top out in the low 60′s after a cool start in the mid 30′s.
Thursday is when the real action starts. A stout cold front will invade NE New Mexico during the day. it will move south and west overnight and punch in the metro area. The city will see a marked increase in east winds with gusts near 60 mph. This gusty wind may well keep precip totals very low in the city through Friday. However, the east slopes of the northern mountains are likely to see significant snow. In addition, eastern NM could see ice accumulation.
It doesn’t end there. A strong area of low pressure will follow the front and move in from the west. This will occur over the weekend. If the track and moisture are right this could be a major second punch of winter weather. However, there is much more uncertainty with the storm as opposed to the front. Stay tuned.
November 18th, 2013 at 5:34 pm by Mark Ronchetti under Weather
A strong westerly flow of air will boost temps Tuesday and Wednesday over New Mexico. After highs in most areas in the low 50′s on Monday the state as a whole will warm up 10°-25° both Tuesday and Wednesday. Winds will be a bit gusty over eastern sections.
The big changes begin to roll in on Thursday. A powerful cold front will move NE to SW across the state. This front will provide some moisture and a ton of cold air. Then a powerful low pressure system will wind up over the pacific. It will head into NM late in the work week and over the weekend. This system combined with cold air in place will lead to the possibility of a major fall snowstorm over northern and central NM. For the first time this fall we could be looking at widespread winter storm warnings. Stay tuned!
November 17th, 2013 at 4:52 pm by chrisgilson under Weather
The weekend started off with rain, snow and wind, but it ended on a pleasant note with sunshine and seasonable temperatures. Temperatures will be above average for this first half of the week as dry conditions will persist for Monday, Tuesday and much of Wednesday. A weak system will pass to our south on Monday. This will do nothing but throw in a few extra clouds for Central and Southern New Mexico.
Things do get interesting on Wednesday night into Thursday. Right now, models are suggesting a trough of low pressure will build in the Western U.S. This system could drag in a cold blast of air and trigger mountain snow along with valley rain. It looks like the system could hang out over the region for several days giving New Mexico a chance for precip into next weekend.
Again it is early and we’ll have all the details on this possible storm system throughout the week on KRQE News 13!
November 14th, 2013 at 2:45 pm by Mark Ronchetti under Weather
Two storm systems will scrape the northern portion of the state. Neither of these storms will score a direct hit but both will get close enough to touch off mountain snow and some very gusty winds over eastern NM. Look for clouds to increase and winds to ramp up during the day Friday. Gusts over eastern NM will be 40 mph with partly sunny skies. Showers first in the form of rain will develop in northern sections then change over to snow late Friday. Look for the resorts to pick up some accumulating sow. Here in the metro a spot shower will be possible with winds up to 35 mph.
By Saturday storm number 1 will be through the state and storm number 2 will pass to our north. This will serve to ramp up winds even more. Gusts will top 50 mph over the east slopes of the northern mountains. Snow will be limited to the high resorts. Look for winds to calm down a bit by Sunday.