After another long quiet stretch of weather, snow and rain return to New Mexico starting today. The snow with today’s storm will be confined to the higher peaks of the Northern Mountains and Southern Colorado. A few inches will be possible for those locations, but the bigger story for the rest of the state will be the wind. Gusts will reach up to 45 mph for areas just east of the central mountain chain and I-40 corridor. This storm will quickly lift out, leading to quieter weather for much of Friday.
The bigger storm approaches late Friday. Moisture will get pulled out ahead of the storm, so the far western edge of the state will see showers develop late Friday and Friday night. That activity will slowly shift eastward during the day Saturday. The Albuquerque metro will see the best shot at showers Saturday afternoon through early Sunday.
Snow will again be limited to the higher terrain, but this time across the entire state. The heaviest snowfall will be on the west facing slopes of the Northern Mountains where 6″ – 12″ will be possible. The storm clears out during the first half of the day Sunday. A cold front will drop into the east Sunday afternoon.