Rain tonight, snow at higher elevations
National Weather Service issues a hazardous weather outlook for higher elevations.
Seven-day forecast for Española:
Tonight: Showers likely, mainly before midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 38. West wind around 10 mph becoming south in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Friday: Isolated showers before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 53. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph.
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.
Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.
Washington’s Birthday: A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.
Monday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.
Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 43.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.
Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of north and central New Mexico.
Day One…Today and Tonight
An upper level trough with a rich tap of Pacific moisture will cross from the west today through tonight. Wetting precipitation is expected along and west of the central mountain chain with a few to several inches of snow possible in the northern mountains, and a few inches across the upper Rio Grande Valley and far northwest highlands near and above 8,000 feet. Snow amounts over 10 inches will be possible in the Tusas Mountains and on higher peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, where snow drifts may exceed 3 feet. The heaviest snow will fall tonight, with lighter amounts on Friday morning. In addition, southwest wind gusts should exceed 50 mph on mountain peaks tonight, then shift out of the west while continuing Friday. Although additional snow accumulation will be light Friday morning, periods of whiteout conditions are expected in the northern mountains above 8,000 feet due to blowing snow.
Days Two Through Seven…Friday through Wednesday
Friday, west wind gusts over 50 mph will be possible in the mountains and across the east central plains. Periods of whiteout conditions will be possible in the northern mountains above 8,000 feet during the morning.
Saturday, another strong wind event will be possible east of the Continental Divide where gusts from 40 to 50 mph are expected. The strongest winds should impact the central mountain chain and east central plains, where gusts may exceed 55 mph.
Sunday night through Monday night, models are in fairly good agreement on an upper level low pressure system crossing from the west with the potential for widespread and potentially heavy snow accumulation. A back door cold front is forecast to arrive just before the upper level storm does, delivering cold air and moist easterly upslope flow to the eastern plains.
Spotter Information Statement…
Spotters are encouraged to report snowfall amounts and wind damage through the National Weather Service Albuquerque web site at weather.gov/abq or by calling 1-888-386-7637.
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