THURSDAY: Our spring-like start to the work week comes to an end today — beginning with a cold front moving in this morning. Temperatures will be much cooler across the eastern and central portions of the state – expect +10 degree drop in comparison to Wednesday’s afternoon temperatures. Winds will be gusty across the Eastern Plains and Rio Grande Valley — sustained winds will exceed +20mph while gusts near +45mph. Increasing clouds can be expected state-wide with only peaks of sunshine to start the day.
OVERNIGHT: Rain showers will develop over the southwestern corner of the state this evening while expanding in both coverage and intensity overnight into Friday. Snow showers will likely be found over the Northern Mountains late tonight – also picking up strength into tomorrow.
FRIDAY: A very soggy day for most — rain and snow will develop and expand across the Land of Enchantment and Southern Colorado with heavy snow over the high country and a rain/snow mix for the lower elevations. Accumulations look to be significant for areas within the higher terrain with 6-12+inches of snow possible. Precipitation type will be something to watch closely tomorrow as the rain/snow level will drop to elevations near the city. Precipitation will mainly be rain for valley locations – including Albuquerque-metro area – to start while transitioning to more of a mix overnight into Saturday. Afternoon temperatures will continue to cool with most down to the 30s and 40s by Friday afternoon.
A WINTER STORM WATCH is in effect Friday morning through 5 p.m. Saturday for the San Juan, Sandia, Manzano, Sangre de Cristo, Gila Mountains, Albuquerque-metro area and northern/central Eastern Plains.
SATURDAY: A few lingering showers will linger into Saturday morning, although, activity will continue to taper through the day. Afternoon temperatures will again be at or below average – majority of the state looking at 30s and 40s.
SUNDAY: Mostly to partly sunny conditions with temperatures slowly starting to warm up. Warning trend will continue through the start of our next work week.