Kristen’s Friday Morning Forecast

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FRIDAY: Increasing cloud cover will be the trend over northern and central NM with a few showers begining to develop in the San Juans of southern CO. (Better coverage of rain/snow will come Saturday.) Afternoon highs will warm above average statewide with 50s, 60s and 70s in most locales — even low 80s expected in the Southeast Plains! Expect breezy to windy conditions by the afternoon hours within central and eastern NM (west: 15-25mph).

SATURDAY: Spotty to scattered rain and snow showers will develop over central, northern and western NM. Snow accumulations look top near to over 12″ in the higher elevations (+9000ft) in the Northern Mountains. In addition to the Pacific storm rolling in, a strong cold front will drop temps east of the Central Mountains. Expect highs to be anywhere between 20°-30° cooler than what we finished the week with — leaving most of us with afternoon temps only in the 30s and 40s. Breezy to windy conditions will also be a problem within central and eastern NM.

WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for the Jemez, San Juan & higher elevations of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains for heavy snow accumulation — +12″ above 9000ft / few to several inches <9000ft. Showers will start late Friday and continue through the first half of Sunday.

SUNDAY: Scattered snow showers will continue to hug the Northern Mountains with an isolated showers possible elsewhere. High temperatures will continue to crater east with the majority of the Plains 20°- 40° colder than normal. A mix of sun and clouds will blanket the state with afternoon highs remaining above normal further west.

EARLY NEXT WEEK: Another quick-hitting storm will spread out showers over northwest, west and northern NM on Monday. At the moment, it’s not likely that ABQ will see rain but we will see an uptick in cloud cover and less sunshine. Temperatures will be slightly cooler across central and western NM to start the week but significant colder temps remain on tap in the Plains.

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