TODAY: Snow will fill in over northern and northwestern New Mexico this evening into tonight as a storm moves out of Arizona. At the same time, a backdoor cold front will continue to push southwestard across the state. The combination of the two will result in heavy snow and cold temps over the next 36 hours.
TONIGHT – TUESDAY MORNING: The bulk of the heavy snow will arrive tonight and continue through the day Tuesday. Potential snow totals will range from 1″ – 4″ in the southwest, northeast and Albuquerque-Metro area, 5″ – 10″+ in the Central Mtns (Sandia/Manzano) and Santa Fe metro, to 1′ – 2′ in the higher elevations of northern NM. Breezy to windy conditions (gusting to 35mph) will make for dicey travel conditions for Tuesday’s morning commute. These winds also make the ABQ Metro forecast difficult because these winds (out of the east) are downslope winds, which will create the snow hole for the Metro, initially. It appears the winds will decrease early tomorrow morning–allowing snow to build over the Metro. If the winds decrease quicker than expected, it is possible snow totals will be higher for the Metor–but if winds stay elevated longer, snow totals will be lower.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON: Scattered snow showers over northern, western and central New Mexico will continue through midday Tuesday. In addition to the snow, expect afternoon highs to drop far below seasonal averages with most of the state only in the 20s, 30s and 40s (at the warmest!)
WEDNESDAY: We’ll take a quick break midweek with Wednesday featuring more sunshine and a slight warm-up. There will likely be a few lingering snow showers left in the Northern Mountains, however, the majority of us will dry out before the next storm system moves in Thursday.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Our next big weather maker will move in over the Four Corners on Thursday bringing snow showers back to northern and northwestern NM. Expect these showers to spread further south and east Thursday night. Scattered to widespread rain/snow showers can be expected Friday with cooler temps to follow.