National Weather Service Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook For Northern And Central New Mexico

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National Weather Service Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook For Northern And Central New Mexico

Unstable conditions could produce severe thunderstorms and damaging winds.

Day One…Today and Tonight

The combination of a cold front entering New Mexico from the northeast and an upper level low pressure system approaching from the west will create hazardous weather for central to eastern portions of the state today and tonight.

Snow is expected to develop over the northern mountains of the state today and tonight with the high peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountains observing the heaviest accumulations. Elevations above 10,000 feet are expected to receive several inches to upwards of a foot and a half of heavy, wet snow.

While snow falls at the high elevations above 10,000 feet, areas just beneath these levels will likely observe rain that could fall on existing mountain snowpack. This could lead to a rapid melting of remnant snow which will quickly turn to runoff and pose a risk of flooding along the east slopes of the Sangre de Cristos.

Unstable conditions are expected to develop along the leading edge of the cold front in east central to southeastern New Mexico late this afternoon and into the evening. This could lead to strong to severe thunderstorms with heavy downpours, large hail, and damaging winds possible.

Strong winds will accelerate through gaps and canyons within the central mountain chain late today and tonight. Some localized areas may observe occasional wind gusts as high as 35 to 45 mph.

Days Two Through Seven…Tuesday through Sunday

Snow will continue to accumulate in the northern mountains Tuesday, decreasing in coverage and intensity into Tuesday night and Wednesday. The high peaks of the Sangre de Cristos will observe the highest snow totals through this time.

Spotter Information Statement…

Spotters are encouraged to report any snowfall, flooding, or other severe weather through the National Weather Service Albuquerque web site at weather.gov/abq or by calling 1.888-386-7637. You can also submit storm reports and photos on our Facebook page or via Twitter using the hashtag nmwx.

Impacted Areas:

Northwest Plateau-Chuska Mountains-Far Northwest Highlands-Northwest Highlands-West Central Plateau-West Central Mountains-West Central Highlands-Southwest Mountains-San Francisco River Valley-San Juan Mountains-Jemez Mountains-West Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-Northern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet/Red River-Southern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet-East Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-Upper Rio Grande Valley-Lower Chama River Valley-Santa Fe Metro Area-Middle Rio Grande Valley/Albuquerque Metro Area-Lower Rio Grande Valley-Sandia/Manzano Mountains-Estancia Valley-Central Highlands-South Central Highlands-Upper Tularosa Valley-South Central Mountains-Raton Ridge/Johnson Mesa-Far Northeast Highlands-Northeast Highlands-Union County-Harding County-Eastern San Miguel County-Guadalupe County-Quay County-Curry County-Roosevelt County-De Baca County-Chaves County Plains-Eastern Lincoln County-Southwest Chaves County-

This Week’s weather

Today
Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 68. East wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 9 p.m. and midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. East wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tuesday
Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Tuesday Night
Isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Wednesday
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. North wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.