Kristen’s Wednesday Afternoon Forecast

Gusty winds, spotty storms & cooler temps Wednesday afternoon

WEDNESDAY: A mixed bag of spring weather today as winds, thunderstorms and cooler temps will be seen in New Mexico today. Our cold front will continue its southward dive today leaving most of the Northwest Plateau 10-15 degrees cooler than Tuesday. Along and ahead of the front, gusty winds will crank out of the west with sustained speeds exceeding +15mph through most of the Rio Grande Valley – +25mph over the Northeastern Plains. A Red Flag Warning is posted for the Northeastern Plains beginning 11AM and continuing through 8PM. For areas further south and east, spotty showers and thunderstorms are likely to develop by late day with the biggest threat being gusty, damaging winds. It is possible that a storm gains enough strength to turn severe – we will keep you updated on any severe developments.

THURSDAY: As the front continues to push across the state, cooler air will follow. Afternoon highs will be down 10-20 degrees across most of central and eastern New Mexico by tomorrow afternoon with Albuquerque-metro stuck well below average in the 50s by late day. A good amount of cloud cover will be seen over majority of NM while snow showers give way over the higher elevations of the Northern Mountains.

FRIDAY: High elevation snow showers over the Northern Mountains are likely to continue with accumulations totaling between 6-12″ – particularly along east-facing slopes. Spotty, on and off rain showers are possible for the lower elevations over central NM. Afternoon temperatures will once again fall short of average with 50s sticking around central NM for another day.

WEEKEND: Depending on how fast our spring storm clears, we may see a few lingering showers to start the weekend. A quieter pattern will settle in for the remainder of the weekend with temperatures warming up through early next week.

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