Snow dusts ABQ from foothills to river

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The wild winter-like weather didn’t spare the metro Tuesday. From the foothills to as far west as the Rio Grande, flurries were falling.

“Albuquerque weather can be very unusual in May,” Tim Shy, a senior forecaster with Albuquerque’s National Weather Service office said.

Isn’t that the truth.

From the East Mountains, where the drive looked more like a winter wonderland than a scene out of spring, all the way into town and along I-40, snow was coming down.

“Spots further down the slopes, right down to Tramway were also experiencing some light snow mixed in with rain this morning,” Shy said.

The last time the metro saw snow in May was back in 2008.

“It’s not common but at the same time it’s not particularly unusual.”

We saw flurries falling as far west as 8th and Bridge and the South Valley even got in on the action.

Shy says despite the weather Tuesday, residents shouldn’t get their hopes up for a wet summer.

“It’s always a little dangerous to take an isolated weather event and say that this has something to say about what is expected going forward.”

Shy says an “El Niño” weather pattern could make its way to New Mexico, bringing with it a better chance of moisture and rain.

But it may not come when we need it most.

“As signs point to “El Niño,” I think that’s pointing towards a wetter fall, winter season upcoming so we may have that to look forward to it towards the end of the year,” Shy said.

Take that with a grain of salt, though. Shy says this is a tough business and things can always change.

“It would be a little early to make any declaration about how things are going this summer.”

As we wait to see what’s going to happen this summer, Shy says he does expect a normal monsoon season.

If you have to go out Tuesday night, be sure to bundle up. We could see close to a record low that was set nearly 100 years ago. That record was 31 degrees in 1918.

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