FRIDAY: Scattered valley rain and mountain snow will continue to push northeast over the Northern Mountains and Northeast Plains this morning… but don’t put away the rain coat just yet! We have more rain, snow and thunderstorms in the forecast this afternoon. Rain chances will favor the northern portion of the state with accumulating snow favors areas above 9000ft. Breezy to windy conditions will stick around for another day as westerly winds reach 15-25mph. Afternoon temperatures will be noticeably cooler than what unfolded Thursday – expect high temps to top out in the 40s, 50s and 60s across most of NM.
— WINTER STORM WARNING in effect for the Sangre de Cristo Mountains above 9500ft. Possible snow accumulations: 2-4″ <9000ft and 4-8″ >9000ft. Greater accumulations (+9″) possible for the higher peaks.
— WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect for portions of the western Sangre de Cristo Mountains and San Juan Mountains. Possible snow accumulations: 1-2″ <8500ft and 2-5″ >8500ft.
SATURDAY: Expect some clearing and peaks of sunshine for the first half of the day before increasing clouds and rain chances return by late afternoon into the evening hours. Spot showers will begin over the northern portion of the state before expanding across the northern 2/3rds of NM overnight into Sunday. A backdoor cold front creeping in over the northeast will help get the Eastern Plains in on the rain action. Expect strong east canyon winds to rip across the ABQ-metro area Saturday night into Sunday.
SUNDAY: Storm #3 of this week (with the help of the mentioned cold front) will help give way to more widespread rain, snow and thunderstorms. Afternoon temperatures will take another hit – most of us likely to be stuck in the 40s, 50s and 60s through the afternoon.