Another round of rain and snow is moving into New Mexico tonight. This will continue through Friday morning before drying out.
A strong backdoor cold front has cooled temperatures off Thursday across New Mexico. High temperatures were a few degrees to over 30° colder in some areas compared to yesterday. We have also seen the season’s first snow for areas like Chama, The Sandias and Ski Apache. Snow will be ending tonight from the northern mountains, however, we are now starting to see more rain and snow develop tonight in central and southern parts of the state.
Isolated thunderstorms are bringing rain in south-central New Mexico as the second round of rain and snow begins. Rain and mountain snow has spread northward, all the way up to I-40 tonight. We will see more rain switch over to snow along the Continental Divide in western New Mexico and in east-central parts of the state, from the Sandias/Manzanos to the Pecos River Valley. Areas like the East Mountains, Clines Corners, Santa Rosa, Corona, Carrizozo and the Sacramento Mountains will all see a chance for measurable snowfall through late Friday morning. The Albuquerque Metro will see showers move through Friday morning, with snow possible up on the West Mesa. We may even see a few snowflakes and graupel in Albuquerque. A mix of rain and snow will also be possible around Santa Fe and Las Vegas. However, with the warm weather we have been seeing lately, ground temperatures are still very warm. So we may see some light accumulations of snowfall in grassy areas, but the snow should melt fairly quickly in lower elevations. Spotty rain and snow showers will linger into early Friday afternoon, but it will all taper off by Friday evening as high temperatures will stay much cooler than average.
Drier, quieter and warmer weather will return starting Saturday. A few light rain showers will be possible Monday in southern New Mexico. Otherwise, temperatures will climb back above normal again through the end of next week.