ALBUQUERQUE, NM (NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE) – The jet stream will take a southerly dip over the desert southwest and southern Rockies Thursday and push a strong pacific cold front through New Mexico.
Very windy conditions are forecast to develop both ahead of and behind the front Thursday with the strongest winds over the mountains and generally along and north of Interstate 40. Areas of blowing dust may develop ahead of the front Thursday afternoon across the eastern plains. Strong to potentially damaging winds will continue Thursday night along the east slopes of the central mountain chain and over the adjacent eastern highlands. Strong winds and cold air moving in behind the front Thursday night will bring wind chill values down into the teens and 20s across much of the area.
A cold and very dry air mass will move in behind the front and bring freezing temperatures to many lower elevation locales that have yet to experience freezing temperatures this season and are well past the average first freeze date. At or below freezing temperatures are forecast both Thursday night and Friday night at locales such as Albuquerque, Tucumcari, Fort Sumner, Portales, Clovis and Roswell.
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