A major winter storm is headed our way and it is going to act a little more like a spring storm. Widespread rain will break out across the state tonight with high mountain snow developing overnight. Here in the Albuquerque metro area we will have a rain/snow mix tonight and through the day tomorrow. A few inches of accumulating snow will be possible especially on the grassy surfaces but it should be a little too warm for big accumulating snow on the valley floor.
The mountains however, will be a different story. Above 8000 feet we should see heavy snow accumulations lasting through Saturday. Some east slope areas around the east Mountains and northern mountains could pick up well over a foot. Rainfall numbers could be impressive as well. Current model indications say that we could see well over an inch of rain across south western New Mexico.
This storm is as wet as any winter storm we’ve seen this year or really in the past few years. Snow won’t necessarily be the biggest concern. The widespread nature of the rain and snow is the biggest issue. Many areas of the state will be impacted by the storm. On the positive side the areas most used to the snow will get it while other regions are likely to be on the rain side.
By Sunday the showers taper off and we should head into a dryer pattern for the beginning of next week.