THURSDAY: A quiet start to the day with morning temperatures in the 40s, 50s and 60s under a mostly to partly clear sky. Afternoon temperatures will top out in the 60s, 70s and 80s – at to just below average for this time of year. An incoming cold front pushing across the Eastern Plains this morning will help trigger storms and showers this afternoon and evening. Best coverage will be found in and around the high country and eastern half of NM – more spotty to scattered coverage will be possible within western and central NM. Some developed storms will have the potential to turn strong to severe across east-central and southeast NM – threats: small hail, gusty winds, frequent lightning and heavy rain leading to localized flooding.
FRIDAY: More scattered to widespread showers and storms are expected nearly statewide (coverage increasing from west to east). Expect high temperatures to be similar to what’s expected Thursday (60s, 70s and 80s).
WEEKEND: More spotty to scattered storms are expected to develop over the weekend with Saturday looking to be more active than Sunday. Expect storms to favor the higher terrain with the possibility of storms rolling off the higher terrain and into the surrounding lower elevations.