ALBUQUERQUE, NM (NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE) – Strong to damaging winds will return to the land of enchantment Thursday as an upper level storm system skirts northern New Mexico.
Locales such as Albuquerque, Tucumcari, Fort Sumner, Portales Clovis and Roswell will see sub-freezing temperatures by the end of the week.
Areas affected include: Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Chaves, San Juan ,San Miguel, Valencia, McKinley, Curry, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, Cibola, Taos, Socorro, Lincoln, Colfax, Quay, Torrance, Guadalupe, Union, De Baca, Mora, Harding
These winds are expected both ahead and behind a strong cold front racing from west to east. Strong winds will develop along ridge tops early Thursday morning before expanding over the lowlands by midday Thursday.
The strongest winds are expected along the central mountain chain and portions of the eastern plains. Gusts near 60 mph are possible in these locations.
Much drier air will filter in behind the cold front, which will allow temperatures to drop significantly Thursday night. Due to breezy conditions persisting wind chill values in the teens and 20s will be common though some areas across western New Mexico may be even lower.
Locations across the east central and southeast plains may be colder Friday night due to less wind expected. Therefore freezing temperatures are expected for many lower elevation locales that have yet to experience freezing temperatures this season and are well past the average first freeze date.
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