Kristen’s New Year’s Day Forecast

Snow and cold to start the new year but warmer temperatures and sunshine return by next week

Many of us here in New Mexico woke up to light to moderate snow this New Year’s, with accumulations varying from trace amounts to a couple of inches. Snow will continue to fall over the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo Mountains through the later part of Thursday morning and early afternoon. A few flurries will be possible in the Albuquerque metro area, although, accumulation does not look to be significant. The eastern plains will also have the chance to see a few spotty snow showers before the day is done.

Temperatures will once again fall to (or just below) the freezing mark Thursday afternoon over northern and central New Mexico. In lower portions of the state, it will be slightly warmer in the 30s and 40s. Mostly- to partly-cloudy conditions will stick around state-wide through this evening.

By Friday, a last bit of energy in our New Year’s winter storm will allow a few snow/sleet showers to pop up across the eastern plains in the afternoon. Although most of the activity will stay east of I-25, it is possible for the Albuquerque metro area to get another round of flurries by Friday evening (accumulation will be minimal).

Drier and slightly warmer conditions move in by the weekend with Sunday’s high temperatures a good 10 degrees warmer than Thursday.

More sunshine and near-average temperatures is expected by next week.

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