A cool and quiet start to our Tuesday with morning temps in the 30s, 40s and 50s across New Mexico. Afternoon highs will be warm in most locations as 60s, 70s and 80s build in Tuesday afternoon. The exception to the warming trend will be those across the Northeast Plains where an incoming cold front will drop temps to the low to mid 50s.
As the mentioned front pushes southwest across the state, winds will ramp up. Expect strong east canyon winds to blow across the Rio Grande Valley Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. A Wind Advisory is in place for the ABQ-metro & Santa Fe-metro plus east-central NM beginning 6PM Tuesday through 3AM Wednesday for gusts up to 50mph possible.
A handful of showers are likely to develop over the Northeast Plains and along the eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on Tuesday. Moisture filling in behind this cold front will also lead to the development of low clouds across the Eastern Plains overnight. There is potential for a few light showers embedded in these low clouds Wednesday morning but intensity will be limited (no gullywashers expected).
Afternoon highs will be about 5°-10° cooler across western and central NM Wednesday before rebounding statewide on Thursday. Don’t get too comfortable with the warming trend though as yet another cold front has eyes on the state late Thursday into Friday.