A potent cold front that surged across New Mexico Friday with strong gusty winds and areas of light snow will usher in a prolonged blast of well below normal temperatures through early next week.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) explains that a large upper level trough of low pressure taking shape over the western United States will remain nearly stationary over the region through early next week.
Temperatures will average 15 to 20 degrees below normal through at least Wednesday.
While no record breaking low temperatures are expected, this prolonged period of sub-freezing temperatures will increase demand on natural resources and increase the potential for damage to exposed plumbing.
Those with agricultural interests across the region should also take precautions to provide additional care for livestock during extended sub-freezing temperatures.
Domesticated animals should be taken indoors or be provided adequate shelter. For more information, visit http://www.weather.gov/abq