FRIDAY: Afternoon temperatures will take a noticeable jump with more 60s and 70s expected over a good portion of the state – even 80s scattered throughout southern NM. Although most of us will stay relatively quiet through the afternoon hours, the Eastern Plains will likely be facing another active day of storms. Scattered strong to severe storms are likely (but not limited to) developing over parts of Eddy, Chaves, De Baca, Quay, Curry, Roosevelt, Lea, Guadalupe, San Miguel and Harding County. Main threats with tonight’s storms: large hail, gusty winds, heavy rain (flooding) and isolated tornadoes. The most concerning aspect of tonight’s storm threat is the timing – peak hours of strong thunderstorms will range from 9PM through 6AM (Saturday). Make sure to keep your vehicle in a place of safety tonight, stay away from windows and do not drive through standing water — in general, be sure to follow all of the severe weather safety rules.
SATURDAY: Isolated storms are possible over far eastern and southeastern NM late in the day — a few storms may have enough strength to turn severe with large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain / flooding of most concern over the far east. Mostly to partly sunny conditions will settle in for the rest of the state with afternoon temperatures slightly cooler – most of the state climbing back into the 60s and 70s.
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny conditions will continue for a large portion of the state with only a few spotty showers expected near the CO/NM stateline. Afternoon temperatures, although below average, will be comfortable statewide with another round of 60s and 70s across the area.
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