MONDAY: Patchy freezing fog is lingering over portions of east-central NM – this pesky fog will continue to burn off as we head towards the later part of today. A few light rain showers continue to hang on across south-central NM with more shower activity expected to build in later this evening. A cold front will near the state from the northwest late this afternoon — kicking up the winds and dragging in more shower activity over western NM. Most of what will fall today will fall as rain as high temperatures warm into the 50s and 60s for most lower elevations. Higher elevations of the Jemez, Sangre de Cristo and Gila Mountains are favored for more of a rain and snow mix. Portions of the San Juan Mountains will continue to see heavy snow showers with another +12 inches of accumulation possible. Winds will be gusty over the northern and central parts of the state – sustained speeds looking to exceed +20mph and gusts +25mph. Due to a tremendous amount of recent snowfall, blowing snow will likely be an issue for areas within the Northern Mountains as gusty winds exceed +30mph in the higher elevations.
TUESDAY: Monday’s cold front will keep Tuesday’s afternoon temperatures down a bit — most of the state cooling more than 10-15 degrees. Spotty rain showers will continue across northern and central NM with snow showers likely to continue over the higher elevations of the Northern Mountains.
WEDNESDAY: This week’s drying trend will kick off late Wednesday with mostly to partly cloudy conditions paired with a few spot rain showers. Afternoon temperatures will drop dramatically for areas east of the Central Mountains as another strong cold front allows Arctic air to fill in over the Eastern Plains. Wednesday will likely be the coldest day of the work week for most of the state.
LATE WORK WEEK: A warm up will kick off Thursday & Friday as temperatures return to near average for most of New Mexico. More sunshine & even warmer temperatures are expected into the weekend.