Sunshine and drier conditions are in the forecast for you Wednesday afternoon as well as warmer temps east of your central mountains. Afternoon highs will still fall 10°-20° short of normal for this time of year in western and northern New Mexico. Here in the ABQ Metro, we will top out at 41°. By this evening, clouds will begin to move into southern CO and light snow will develop across the San Juans ahead of our next storm.
THURSDAY: Rain & snow showers will begin to fill in over southern CO and northwest NM through the day Thursday. The rain & snow showers will continue crossing the western stateline late Thursday into Friday. While we continue to wait for this storm, the majority of us within central and eastern NM can expect an increase in cloud cover and a bump in afternoon highs (mostly 40s, 50s and 60s for the southeast).
FRIDAY: Scattered to widespread snow showers will spread out over the state overnight Thursday into Friday. Expect an active day of weather to finish the week — particularly for northern and western NM where significant snow accumulation is expected. A rain/snow mixture looks likely for the ABQ Metro.
Potential snow totals Thursday into Friday:
— Northwest & west-central NM: 10″ – 20″ above 7500′ / 4″ – 10″ below 7500ft
— Southern CO: 4″ – 12″ / 12″ – 24″ higher elevations of San Juans
Potential snow totals Friday:
–ABQ Metro: 1″ – 3″
WEEKEND: Eastern NM will get hit with strong winds as the winter storm clears the state. Mostly to partly sunny conditions and below average temps will be the trend both Saturday and Sunday across NM. (More sunshine and quieter conditions can be expected into early next week.)