A rare, potentially damaging high wind event is ahead for Albuquerque later tonight. High Wind Warnings are up for Albuquerque and the Rio Grande Valley for wind gusts up 65+ mph with wind sustained from 35-50+ mph. The strongest wind will occur from Midnight until early Sunday morning. The greatest impacts will be felt near the canyons, the foothills and on the east side of the city. Power outages, down trees and down light posts are possible overnight with these types of winds. So you want secure any objects around your house that could be picked up by the wind and tossed.
Tonight’s wind is all thanks to cold front that will be rolling in to the eastern New Mexico. This front will bring snow to the east slopes of the Central Mountains with heavy snow falling in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. That is where Winter Storm Warnings are up for 8-12″ of snow. 4-8″ are possible across the Western Mountains along with lighter amounts in the Jemez and San Juans of Northern New Mexico. The high wind in Albuquerque will eat away at the chances for showers here in the metro later tonight and on Sunday.
Scattered rain and snow along with wind will continue across New Mexico for Sunday afternoon. Showers and wind will taper in coverage and intensity by Sunday night. Monday will be quieter with spot showers and cooler than normal temperatures for this time of the year.
A ridge of high pressure will eventually build over the region by mid-week. This will allow for drier conditions and warmer temperatures.The wind looks to return by week’s end.
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