THURSDAY: Gusty winds will be the main focus of STORM #1 as strong (and possibly damaging) winds will crank across and along the Central Mountains east into the Plains. Sustained speeds will likely exceed +30mph / gusts +50mph in many areas within eastern NM. Western and central NM can expect speeds of 10-20mph / gusts +25mph. Afternoon temperatures will be near (or even just above) average for this time of year – expect high temperatures to climb back into the 30s and 40s over northern NM / slightly warmer in the 40s, 50s and 60s scattered across southern NM. Everyone will start the day with plenty of sunshine but clouds will thicken heading towards sunset – beginning over the Four Corners region – ahead of STORM #2.
High Wind Warning in effect for eastern Lincoln County and the eastern slopes of the northern, central and southern mountains beginning 8AM Thursday.
Wind Advisory in effect for areas just east of the northern, central and southern mountains beginning 11AM Thursday.
FRIDAY: STORM #2 will move in from the northwest – pushing east-southeast across the state. This disturbance will bring in much more promising low elevation rain and mountain snow chances (more than what we’ll see out of STORM #1!) Snow accumulation will be light in most areas, although, the high country is favored to pick up a few inches by the time this storm kicks out on Saturday.