Kristen’s Friday Morning Forecast

Warm and sunny Valentine's Day weekend

FRIDAY: A cold start to our day with morning temperatures down to the 20s and 30s area-wide under a mostly clear sky. Despite the chilly start, get ready for another nice afternoon! High temperatures will be 5-10 degrees warmer than Thursday with most of the state climbing into the 50s and 60s. Plenty of sunshine, a few high clouds and a light 5-15 mph breeze will make for a gorgeous day to be outdoors. Overnight lows will fall to the 20s and 30s tonight into Saturday morning.

VALENTINE’S DAY: Another chilly start will give way to a very comfortable afternoon. High temperatures will jump another 5 degrees leaving most of us in the upper 50s, 60s and even 70s. High pressure will keep away the rain and snow with mostly sunny conditions expected over the region. Overnight lows will drop to the 20s and 30s once again.

SUNDAY: For western and central New Mexico, Sunday will look a lot like Saturday with temperatures likely to warm even a few more degrees. However, a weak cold front will move in from the northeast allowing cooler air to fill in over the Eastern Plains. Expect temperatures to cool 10-15 degrees Sunday afternoon with gusty winds and a touch more cloud cover to accompany the cool down.

NEXT WEEK: An active start to our week with temperatures plummeting behind a strong cold front late Monday into Tuesday. An incoming storm system looks to bring a shot of snow to parts of New Mexico, the question being who will see the snow next week. We will have to keep a close eye on the storm’s track as models are trending towards a less than ideal path, pushing the storm a touch further north and east (meaning only a sliver of the Northeast Plains will see significant snow chances). Regardless of the snow, the dramatic temperature drop looks to be a fairly done deal.

Enjoy the above average temperatures this weekend – they’re gone by Tuesday!

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