Active weather returns to New Mexico as we move into the weekend. However, today will feature relatively quieter weather as temps start to warm up. By Thursday, afternoon highs will soar to well above average, especially east of the central mountain chain. The warm up is due to a westerly flow that will also deliver strong winds to the east. Winds will gust up to 65 mph in eastern New Mexico Thursday and Friday. Blowing dust and an elevated fire danger will be some of the concerns.
Meanwhile a storm will scrape the northern part of the state late Thursday through Friday night. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for the San Juans of Colorado where up to a foot of snow could fall. Winter Storm Watches are in effect for the San Juans of New Mexico where up to 8″ will be possible. Combine that with high winds, and blowing snow will be an issue for some of the mountain communities.
We get a break late in the weekend before a better looking storm impacts New Mexico early next week.