Kristen’s Thursday Morning Forecast


A strong Pacific storm system sweeping across the area will give us a blast of “spring-like” weather on Thursday. The most notable (and perhaps, most frustrating) impact out of this storm will be the strong to dangerous winds expected to rip across New Mexico. Expect high winds to be felt in most locales… with the strongest winds (gusting up to 60mph) found within the Eastern Plains.

In addition to winds, rain and high mountain snow showers will develop over the northwest corner of NM and southern Colorado. Snow will be favored for those +7000ft in elevation — likely to accumulate in the San Juan and Tusas Mountains.

Thursday Alerts:
— WIND ADVISORY in effect for most of western, central and southern NM beginning 11AM until 9PM — sustained winds: 25-40mph / gusts: 45-55mph.
— HIGH WIND WARNING in effect for portions of eastern NM beginning 11AM until 9PM — sustained winds: 35-50mph / gusts: 60-65mph.
— WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect for the San Juan and Tusas Mountains until 6AM Friday. Possible snow accumulation: 2″-4″ / local higher terrain: up to 8″
— RED FLAG WARNING in effect from 1PM to 8PM for far eastern NM (near the NM/TX stateline) for strong winds (+30mph) and low humidity (<15%). Combination of the two will increase concern for fires to rapidly spread if ignited.

Thursday’s showers will gradually clear overnight into Friday, leaving us with a mostly sunny and mild finish to the work week. Breezy conditions will continue both Friday and Saturday afternoon before increasing once again on Sunday.

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