THURSDAY: Spotty rain and snow showers will be on and off through the day. Afternoon temperatures will be slightly cooler than Wednesday, leaving most in the 30s, 40s & 50s (even 60s for the far southeast!) Winds will stay between 5-15mph in most areas (including the ABQ-metro area) – slightly stronger in and around the higher terrain.
CHRISTMAS DAY: A mild day for most with temperatures near or just above average for this time of year – expect 30s, 40s and 50s statewide. A system passing to the north will allow spotty snow showers to develop over the Four Corners region. Although most of the activity will be centered over the northwest, central NM will likely pick up a few stray showers of a rain/snow mix.
CHRISTMAS NIGHT – WEEKEND: A strong winter storm looks to dive south out of Arizona and skirt east but stay close enough to the NM to cause significant impacts. The track of this storm will determine the amount and intensity of snow we receive. Given the current track, southern and eastern NM (particularly, the Southeastern Plains) will be favored for most of the heavy snow. If the track were to crawl further north, heavy snow will be possible for a large chunk of the state. A cold front plowing west will crank up the winds and cause temperatures to plummet as it passes. Falling snow and these strong winds will raise concerns for blowing snow (and therefore reduced visibility). Road closures not out of the question with this winter weather set-up. Please be very careful if traveling over the weekend and watch for updates from the KRQE Weather Center.