WEDNESDAY: A cold start to the day with morning temperatures in the 20s, 30s and 40s under a mostly to partly clear sky. Increasing cloud cover over the western half of the state this morning will continue to thicken and push east through the day. Expect a mix of sun and clouds to blanket the state with afternoon temperatures climbing above average for one more day (widespread 60s, 70s and 80s). Winds will gradually begin to strength by late day with the strongest winds found over the Northeast Plains.
RED FLAG WARNING in effect for portions of northeast NM from 12PM to 5PM Wednesday for windy conditions (southwest winds 15-25mph / gusts +35mph).
THURSDAY: The big day! A strong storm sweeping across Colorado will send down a potent cold front that will drop temperatures and crank up the winds across New Mexico. Expect temperatures to fall 10°-15° with winds cranking out of the west 20-30mph / gusts +40mph (even stronger in and around the high country!) Given these strong winds, blowing dust will likely cause issues across the Eastern Plains while the Northern Mountains struggle with blowing snow. Unfortunately, the storm track is a bit too far to the north to see widespread rain or snow… and snow that does fall within statelines will be light (a few inches above 9000ft at best). This cold blast will also leave many of us with overnight lows below freezing – the first time this season for many of us!
FRIDAY: The mentioned storm will continue to track northeast and lift out of the area. Winds will come down a bit but cold temperatures will linger – expect another cool day in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Overnight lows likely to fall back down below the freezing mark across most of New Mexico.