NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – We’re seeing a break in the action before another powerful, late-season storm arrives later tonight into Wednesday. Look for increasing clouds and wind speeds as we go into Tuesday afternoon.

Highs will be in the middle 50s in the metro, but much cooler air moves in tonight. Snow will also be arriving later tonight with a slick morning commute in store for Wednesday.

The “significant late season winter storm” is expected to produce strong canyon winds with blowing snow in the Albuquerque area and potentially damaging winds in the Rio Grande Valley, National Weather Service said Tuesday. Moderate to heavy snowfall is foretasted for much of northern and central New Mexico through Wednesday, with up to 18 inches (46 centimeters) expected over the highest peaks of the central mountain chain.