Winter storm watches are up for much of central and northern New Mexico with Albuquerque included in the winter storm watch. Winter storm warnings are posted for parts of the Gila and Sacramento mountains for heavy mountain snow. These watches and warnings run from late Thursday night through Saturday.
Showers are trying to develop right now in western New Mexico, but the rain and snow will increase in coverage overnight tonight and throughout the day on Friday.
The mountains will be favored for heavy snow while valley locations will see a rain/snow mix.
The canyon winds have cranked up today thanks to a cold front that has brought slightly cooler temperatures to at least eastern New Mexico. It is going to stay breezy to windy around the mouth of the canyon throughout the this afternoon. Winter storm watches with some winter storm warnings for southern New Mexico are up and continue for tonight through Saturday.
The moisture is starting to move in with increasing cloud cover and now some spot showers are trying to develop in western New Mexico although not all of the rain is reaching the ground. At this point, temperatures are too warm to support snow so areas will likely see rain at first before temperatures eventually drop later tonight with exception of the highest terrain where they will see all snow. Rain/snow will increase in coverage late tonight and into tomorrow morning. So it will likely be a slow go for the morning commute on Friday especially for areas that get the snow and ice.
In Albuquerque, it looks like it will be too warm to support all snow so we are looking at very little snow accumulation with mostly rain through Saturday evening. The snow/rain will clear out by Sunday with temperatures rebounding for the beginning of next week.