WEDNESDAY: An active day of weather as a strong storm crosses Colorado today. Unfortunately, the biggest impact out of this storm will be strong to damaging winds ripping across NM. Expect sustained winds to range between 25-40mph… gusting anywhere from 45-75mph (strongest winds: Eastern Plains). These winds in combination with dry conditions and an unstable atmosphere will raise fire concerns — a RED FLAG WARNING is in effect for southern and eastern NM (no outdoor burns!) Northwest, north-central NM and southern CO will be favored for light rain and snow showers — minor accumulations possible (1″-3″ above 8000ft). A potent cold front attached to this storm will drop temps 20°-30° compared to Tuesday, leaving most of us in the 40s, 50s and 60s (70s & 80s in far eastern NM).
The City of Albuquerque has notified contractors and businesses that generate dust must shut down immediately as of Wednesday at 10: 15 a.m. This shutdown notification expires Thursday at 12 a.m.
THURSDAY: Temps will remain well below average Thursday afternoon with widespread 40s, 50s and 60s late day. Leftover snow showers will linger in the Northeast Plains with minor to any accumulation expected. The majority of us will see a mix of sun and clouds overhead. Breezy to windy conditions will also stick around, however, speeds will be lighter than Wednesday’s winds.
FRIDAY/SATURDAY: Our next big weather maker will make its arrival on Friday into the start of the weekend. The track of this storm looks to be more southerly, resulting in better rain and snow chances across NM. We won’t get away from the winds completely… but it looks like showers will be the bigger focus with this storm compared to our midweek system.