THURSDAY: A fairly mild start to the day with morning temperatures in the 40s and 50s under a mostly to partly cloudy sky. All eyes will be on an incoming cold front that looks to bring significant changes to the state. First will come the winds. Expect strong to dangerous winds to rip across the state with sustained speeds 25-35mph in the lower elevations and 30-40mph in and around the high country and Eastern Plains. Unfortunately, with sustained speeds that strong… wind gusts will be even stronger – expect gusts to top 60-70mph in the mountain areas. These winds combined with a lack of moisture and recent dry spell will raise fire concerns over the state – Red Flag Warnings are in place for a solid potion of NM. Our only hope of moisture will be in the form of light snow showers within southern Colorado and the higher elevations of the Northern Mountains… but accumulation looks to be minimal (a few inches at best). Given the possibility of light snow and expected winds, blowing snow will likely raise issues around the higher terrain while eastern NM deals with reduced visibility due to blowing dust. Cooler air filling in behind today’s front will drop afternoon highs across western and central NM – expect highs to top out in the 40s and 50s (anywhere form 10°-15° cooler than what was felt Wednesday).
HIGH WIND WARNING in effect until 8PM Thursday for northeast NM, east-central NM and areas along and east of the Sacramento, Sangre de Cristo & Central Mountains due to strong winds 35-45mph / gusts 60-70mph.
WIND ADVISORY in effect until 8PM Thursday for the majority of New Mexico due to strong winds 25-35mph / gusts 35-45mph.
RED FLAG WARNING in effect beginning 12PM until 7PM Thursday for almost everyone within statelines (exception: Northwest Plateau, Gila Mountains & east slopes of Sacramento Mountains) due to strong gusty winds and low humidity.