THURSDAY: A chilly but mostly clear start to the day with morning temperatures in the 20s, 30s and 40s across the state. We have one more day of pleasant weather before big changes move in with our next big weather-maker… so you’ll definitely want to get outside and enjoy it! Expect high temperatures to top out in the 50s, 60s and 70s statewide with a mostly sunny sky overhead. Breezy to windy conditions will return to the Northern Mountains. A WIND ADVISORY is in effect for the Sangre de Cristo Mountains through Friday morning – expect westerly winds to reach 30-40mph / gusts 50-60mph.
FRIDAY: Big weather day! Rain and snow mix showers will spread over northwest NM beginning early Friday and continue through the day. For the majority of us, extreme wind will be the focus as sustained winds reach 30-50mph / gusts: 50-80mph. Given expected winds, a HIGH WIND WATCH has been issued for most of central and eastern NM – strongest winds expected over the Plains (sustained: 35-50mph / gusts: 50-80mph). Temperatures will slowly begin to drop – expect highs to be a few degrees cooler across the Rio Grande Valley (still in the 60s).
SATURDAY: A Pacific front tagging along with this storm will help give the ABQ-metro area a shot at a few rain/snow mix showers late Friday into early Saturday. This front will also drop temperatures significantly across the state – anywhere from 5°-20° cooler than where we were to finish the work week. Expect winds to slowly come down through the day.