Our second storm system for this weekend is going to pack more of a punch compared to the first one that rolled through on Saturday. This system has more energy and moisture to work with that we will see a better shot for mountain snow and valley thunderstorms by Sunday afternoon into Monday morning.
Model Forecast for Snowfall ending Monday night.
Heavier snow will be confined to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains above 9500 ft that is where some areas could pick up 6-8″ of snow with some isolated higher totals. Raton and Clayton could also see several inches of snow Sunday night into Monday. So travel may be a tough go along the Raton Pass early Monday morning. Rain and T-storms will be most likely along I-40 and to the north tomorrow afternoon. Overnight some areas in eastern New Mexico could pick up a light accumulation of snow. We’ll keep you posted.
General precipitation forecast for Sunday night ending Monday evening
There has been a significant change in the forecast leading to more intrigue this weekend. Yesterday’s model runs showed a one-two storm punch coming through this weekend. The first and weaker system moves in Saturday with isolated showers. The second system scrapes the NE with a cold front as well. This system looked better than the first but hardly a big timer.
Now the models sing a bit of a different tune. Storm #1 still looks week and will be mainly a wind maker on Saturday. But Sunday’s storm (#2) drops farther into the state leading to a better chance of rain in the metro up through the NE. The mountains will get a better shot at snow as well.
Look for winds to ramp up in the metro late Sunday as a cold front squeezes through the east mountains. Then the low will kick through enhancing the chance of showers Sunday night into Monday. Heavy snow will develop over the northern mountains especially the east slopes during this same time. Snow will continue into Monday afternoon before tapering off.
One caveat for the metro will be the east winds. They will crank up about the time the precip comes in. An east wind precipitation shadow is possible. Stay tuned. Here is the latest model data on how much liquid we could get by Tuesday.
Tingley Beach Clean-Up Day is Monday, April 14, from 9 a.m. – noon.
Tingley Beach’s Central Pond. Photo by ABQ BioPark.
The ABQ BioPark invites all fans of fishing and water birds to help clean up fishing line at the ponds. Those interested should check-in at the Tingley Station.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring hats, sunscreen and work gloves.
BioPark staff and volunteers will be joining in the clean-up day.
“Monofilament is a huge problem out there,” said Amos Arber, the curator who oversees horticulture at Tingley Beach. “We have spent countless hours picking it up so we do not have to spend even more time rescuing entangled birds.”
Time for the five things you need to know before you go this morning.
5. Quick work by Albuquerque police who managed to locate a stolen diamond. A thief lifted the three carat diamond that’s been housed at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on Wednesday. The thief was trying to hock it at local pawn shops. One store owner recognized it and contacted police.
4. Even though it’s still spring, the boys of summer are already playing hard this season. Tonight, the Albuquerque Isotopes have their home opener. The game against Tacoma starts at 7:05 p.m.
3. Today will be sunny with a high near 81. Winds will be light at 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight you can expect cloudy skies with lows around 50. Winds could get up to 15 mph.
2. The Department of Justice federal 18-month-investigation into Albuquerque’s Police Department was brutal. According to the report there’s a pattern of excessive force in the department officers use deadly force too frequently on people who posed a minimal threat. Justice says APD officers need more training and tools to ensure they can protect without escalating potentially violent situations.
1. Today is a new beginning, a fresh start for Albuquerque police. as the department and the city start making changes based on the justice department’s recommendations. Mayor R.J. Berry says his administration is ready to make changes and the path forward is vital as Albuquerque begins negotiating with the justice department to reform the police force. The mayor says a key component will be public involvement.