Dangerous wind, blowing dust and the coldest air of this Fall is moving in. A storm system is dumping snow in Colorado while New Mexico feels the wind today and then the chill. Wind gusts could be as high as 75 mph in eastern New Mexico making for dangerous conditions and blowing dust. Albuquerque will have wind gusts ranging from 45-55 mph with blowing dust continuing into the early evening. The wind should taper off between 6-8 pm tonight for most of New Mexico. The wind will stay breezy across the east through tonight.
After the wind comes down, the temperatures will tumble. Albuquerque and many other areas will feel their first freeze by Friday morning. Temperatures will be 15-20° colder stepping out the door on Friday compared to Thursday. A chilly Friday will give way to moderating temperatures over the weekend. That is when an area of high pressure will be building over the region. This high will help boost temperatures back to more seasonable highs for a few days before another storm system rolls through the state. This system will bring better chances for rain and some mountain snow for Monday and Tuesday.