The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a weather advisory for northern and central New Mexico favoring the northern mountains, northeast highlands and maybe far northeast plains.
Strong to potentially damaging winds are expected, followed by wintry weather beginning late tonight through Saturday night. Key Impacts:
- Significant cool down from near record highs Thursday–Friday to 5 to 15 degree below normal temperatures during the weekend.
- Snow accumulations Friday night through Saturday night favoring the Colorado border area with secondary impacts to the western/central highlands, northwest plateau and northeast.
- Initial warm road temps will lead to some melting across the lower and middle elevation areas Friday night into Saturday. Temperatures will cool significantly Saturday night leading to a possible flash freeze situation on the roadways, especially areas that have slushy snow.
- Very strong to damaging winds likely across the higher peaks of the Chuska and Sangre de Cristos Mtns and adjacent east slopes late this evening through Friday morning. Strong to damaging winds possible Friday afternoon through Saturday morning across the South Central Mountains.
- Gusty wind, low humidity, above normal temperatures and abundant-dormant grasses lead to enhanced fire weather conditions across portions of the eastern plains Friday afternoon.
A Pacific trough, strong jet max and corresponding surface cold front will impact the area tonight through Sunday morning. Northern high terrain areas will see the initial wind impacts tonight.
The stronger winds will spread the lower elevations during the day on Friday. This will elevate fire weather concerns across portions of the eastern plains due to gusty winds, low humidity, well above normal temperatures and dormant grasses.
Snow chances will increase Friday night into Saturday as snow levels rapidly lower. The ground temperatures will initially be warm so some melting is expected. Additional snow chances will continue into Saturday and Saturday night with the main focus across north central and northeast areas. Snow should end Sunday morning across far northeast areas.