The National Weather Service says Tuesday’s weather across the state could be historic. Severe storms are expected to bring baseball-sized hail, damaging winds and tornado threats. The tornado risk for southeast New Mexico has now increased to a 10 percent chance from 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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A strong Pacific storm will cross New Mexico with all the necessary ingredients for widespread, active weather. Below is a breakdown of what you can expect in your area:
Northwest NM: Spotty to scattered rain and isolated thunderstorms can be expected through the day Tuesday. Late evening into the overnight hours, a strong cold front will pass converting rain to snow. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the northwest highlands for accumulating snowfall — 3″-6″ below 7500ft / 6″-12″ above 7500ft. In addition to falling snow, blowing snow will reduce visibility with gusts up to 55mph.
Southwest NM: On and off showers and thunderstorms will continue Tuesday. There’s potential for light snow in the mix for the higher elevations of the Gila Wilderness. Afternoon highs will climb into the 50s and 60s Tuesday afternoon. Breezy to windy conditions also in the mix. Expect slightly cooler temps on Wednesday.
Southeast NM: The big story on Tuesday will be the potential for sever weather in the Southeast Plains. Strong to severe storms are likely to develop — top threats: large hail, damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and minor flooding. Afternoon highs will soar well into the 60s and 70s.
Northern Mtns: Another day of moderate to heavy snow is expected Tuesday with 10″ -20″ possible above 9500ft. Lower elevations can expect to see a mix of rain, snow and isolated thunderstorms. Afternoon highs will climb into the 40s and 50s. Wrap around moisture will result in another day of accumulating snow Wednesday.
ABQ-metro: Most of the Rio Grande Valley can expect another day of rain showers and isolated thunderstorms on Tuesday. Breezy to windy conditions (15-25mph) will get going late afternoon. Afternoon highs will fall short of average by a few degrees with most locales in the upper 50s.
** NOTE: Extreme wind is expected Wednesday with most of New Mexico under a High Wind Watch. Dangerous winds gusting 60-70mph expected.