Chris’ Saturday Evening Forecast

Another quiet, clear and chilly night is ahead for New Mexico.

Dry air remains in place over the region and with clear skies tonight, temps will plummet once again to levels that may very well be the coldest yet this season when you’re waking up on Sunday morning. So if you’re heading out to Balloon Fiesta tomorrow morning, be sure to dress in layers. The good news is that the wind and sky conditions should cooperate yet again for another mass ascension at Balloon Fiesta Park tomorrow.

Skies will stay dry and sunny for a nice finish to the weekend tomorrow. After a cold start, temperatures will be a bit warmer than average for this time of the year by Sunday afternoon. That means the jackets you may need in the morning, you will likely be able to shed by the afternoon. The weather then becomes unsettled on Monday.

A storm system is going to move into the Four Corners on Monday while a cold front moves into eastern New Mexico. The surface winds may not be a factor Monday morning at Balloon Fiesta, but the upper-level winds could become strong enough early Monday to potentially cause some flight issues. So stay tuned!

Outside of the increasing wind, the storm system and cold front will bring cooler temperatures and the chance for rain along with even snow to portions of the Northern Mountains and Northeast. Snow accumulations are expected to be light thanks to the recent warm temperatures and also due to the fact that the storm system is not going to stick around for very long. By Wednesday, temperatures will start to warm back up as skies clear out for the rest of the week.