TUESDAY: Higher elevations (+7000ft) are favored for scattered snow showers – heavy at times. A WINTER STORM WARNING is in place for the Chuska, San Juan and Jemez Mountains through 5PM Wednesday for accumulating snow and gusty winds (blowing snow will be of concern). A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for parts of the upper Rio Grande Valley, Sandia, Manzano and Sangre de Cristo Mountains beginning 6PM this evening through 5PM Wednesday for accumulating snow (1″-4″ lower terrain / 4″-8″ higher terrain).
WEDNESDAY: Scattered rain and snow showers will continue over northern and western New Mexico. Afternoon temperatures will stay put in the 30s, 40s and 50s statewide under a partly to mostly cloudy sky.
CHRISTMAS EVE: We’ll be in between storms on Thursday so weather will be relatively quiet compared to prior days… and what’s to come over the weekend. The high country will likely still be faced with additional snow showers – no complaints there though (ski resorts, I’m talking to you!) Afternoon temperatures will be near or just above average in the 30s, 40s and 50s.
CHRISTMAS: We’ll start our Friday on a quiet note with a mix of sun and clouds overhead. By nightfall, a much stronger storm looks to move in for the weekend. We’ll likely see the rain and snow showers starting to develop over the Four Corners region and Northern Mountains.
NOTE: At the present moment, our weekend storm looks to be very impressive… IF it stays on track. If this storm manages to stay on track to cross southern NM, we’re in for a GOOD dose of snow nearly statewide. Details to come as we get closer.