Our first of a one two storm punch is exiting the state now, however, not without some excitement. Wind gusts have topped 60mph as the storm worked through in the Albuquerque metro area. A high wind warning is in effect for the east on Friday where gusts could hit 70 mph. Here in the metro winds will come down to 15-25 mph with partly cloudy skies.
By Saturday a stronger and far wetter storm will work through. It will spread valley rain and mountain snow across the northern 2/3rds of the state. The metro area’s best shot for rain will be Saturday night through Sunday morning. Most precip will fall as rain below 7,000 feet. Although a winter mix early Sunday can’t be ruled out.
The mountains of the north look poised to pick up 12 inches or more of snow through Sunday night. This would be huge for the resorts that are in desperate need of snow. Here is a look at the liquid precip totals as the models see it through Sunday. Impressive.