WEDNESDAY: An incoming cold front will push into the Northeast Plains and move southwest through this afternoon. Winds will kick up along and behind the front with sustained speeds exceeding +25mph over the Northeast Plains, Northern and East Mountains. Patchy freezing fog will develop behind the front, lowering the visibility in affected areas.
For the majority of the state, afternoon temperatures will be 2-5 degrees warmer today compared to yesterday. However, areas to the north and east of the Central Mountains can expect a 10-20 degree drop:
— Albuquerque-metro: upper 50s & low 60s
— Southern Colorado & NW Plateau: upper 40s to low 50s
— Southern New Mexico: upper 60s to low 70s
— Northeast Plains: *much cooler* upper 40s to low-50s
— Northern Mountains: upper 40s to mid-50s
— East Mountains: low to upper 50s.
THURSDAY: Afternoon temperatures will be similar to Wednesday, if not 2-4 degrees warmer for most – the only exception being for areas across southeastern NM. Wednesday’s cold front will allow cooler air to sink south over the Southeastern Plains and cool high temperatures 5-15 degrees. The good news? The cool down will brief as temperatures will quickly rebound into Friday. Plenty of sunshine can be expected state-wide with breezy conditions continuing east of the Central Mountains.
FRIDAY: High pressure will build in over the region meaning another warm, dry day to end the work week. Afternoon high temperatures will climb well above the average with record heat possible over east-central and southeast NM. Sunshine and a few clouds can be expected. Overall, a very comfortable, spring-like day.
WEEKEND: Quiet weather will continue through the weekend with sunshine, dry conditions and above average temps state-wide.