Even though it’s May, a winter storm is going to blast its way through New Mexico today and tomorrow. Snow will develop late this afternoon over the Northern Mountains where Winter Weather Advisories are in place. 3″ – 6″ will be possible, but the highest peaks could see up to a foot. Albuquerque will see mainly rain as the front pushes through overnight. However, if any showers linger behind the front, some brief light snowfall will be possible over the foothills.
That cold front is going bring gusty winds tonight and the coldest air we’ve seen in weeks. Afternoon highs in Albuquerque will only reach the mid 50s Tuesday afternoon. Overnight lows the next two nights will drop below freezing across the north, and hover just above freezing in Albuquerque. Valley areas will be in danger of freezing, especially Tuesday night.
The storm exits late Tuesday, and conditions improve rapidly as a ridge of high pressure builds in late week. By Thursday temperatures return to near normal and continue to warm into the weekend. Winds will come down for late week, but return through the weekend.