A strong upper level storm located over southwestern New Mexico near the noon hour today is responsible for lowland rain showers and high mountains snows across the state. Cloudcroft is down to 32°F with light to moderate snow falling while rain is falling in Ruidoso (1,750' lower) with a temp of 38°F. Meanwhile here in Carlsbad (3,158') we have a temp of 75°F.
Heavy Snow For Northern NM Mtn's.
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for parts of the northern New Mexico Mtn's and northeastern plains for this evening through 6 PM MDT Monday. Snowfall totals of 5" - 10" with locally higher totals of around 15" will be possible in these areas.
Windy Today In SE NM & W TX.
Snow may be falling in the Sacramento Mtn's today but the dust will be flying across the southeastern plains this afternoon. A High Wind Warning remains in effect for the Guadalupe Mtn's for southwesterly winds gusting up to around 70 mph. Wind Advisories continue in effect for the southeastern plains and parts of southern New Mexico and West Texas for southwesterly winds gusting up to around 50-55 mph this afternoon.
Localized areas of blowing dust will likely develop this afternoon especially over and near open or exposed lots, fields, construction sites, and in or around freshly plowed farmlands. Watch for sudden drops in the visibility down to near zero at times in these areas.
Widely scattered high based rain showers, thunderstorms, and virga bombs may also add to the blowing dust problem at times. These will be highly localized but you can expect very gusty winds and reduced visibility in the blowing dust near these when they happen.
Severe Weather Outbreak In Texas Today.
Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop today across much of the Lone Star State. The highest risk for severe weather will occur this afternoon and evening in and near the light brown shaded areas (Enhanced Risk Area) and the red shaded area (Moderate Risk Area). Large hail, damaging thunderstorm wind gusts in excess of 58 mph, deadly cloud to ground lighting, flash flooding, and tornadoes will all be possible in these areas today.
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