Albuquerque’s first freeze comes late in the season

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Many across the state are experiencing their first freeze Friday after dangerously strong winds Thursday. For weeks, the freezing temperatures held out, but they’re finally here.

The Albuquerque Metro Area is under a freeze warning until 9 a.m. Friday.

We have had it easy so far this fall, not seeing those temperatures drop to freezing until late in the season. This is the third latest freeze on record.

In 2001, we didn’t hit freezing until November 20th, and in 2007 it didn’t happen until November 22nd.

The colder weather means cranking up that furnace at home, keeping companies like TLC busy.

“Typically our upticks are around Balloon Fiesta time… people with swamp coolers that haven’t switched over, they’re worried about them freezing getting their heaters up and running,” said Oni Miller, HVAC Department Manager.

Another big weather event is the wind we saw Thursday, with the highest recorded wind gust hitting Sandia Peak at 94 mph.

Magdalena also saw a 82 mph wind gust, and Las Vegas got a wind gust of 69 mph.

Friday night, those freezing temperatures are expected to continue.

Some advice is to make sure you have anti-freeze, cover your pipes, bring pets inside and be ready with a scraper and shovel, and keep flashlights and blankets handy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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