A quiet Friday state-wide as mostly to partly sunny conditions will settle in over the area. Afternoon high temperatures will be cool for this time of year — upper 30s to low 40s across northern New Mexico and mid-40s to mid-50s for the southern portion of the state. Winds will be light out of the northwest (5-10mph) with slightly gustier winds at higher elevations (+15mph). Expect plenty of sunshine heading into Friday afternoon.
Our next weather disturbance looks to be weak and too far north to see widespread showers across North Mexico. However, we will see enough moisture to build a bit more cloud cover Saturday afternoon while high terrain in the northern mountains have a chance to see additional light snow Saturday night into Sunday.
High temperatures will continue to climb heading into the start of next week with most of us the area pushing into the low to mid-50s by Monday — upper 60s expected across southern New Mexico. A cold front will move in late Monday leaving the state 5-10 degrees cooler Tuesday afternoon. Northern mountains and northeast New Mexico could see a few light snow showers behind this front Tuesday into Wednesday. As of Friday morning, the hope for a “White Christmas” in the Albuquerque-metro area remains dismal.