Altocumulus Standing Lenticular Clouds.
(East & Southeast Of The Guadalupe Mtn's).
Valid @ 11 AM MST This Morning.
Valid @ 5 AM MST Friday, January 6, 2017.
Valid @ 11 AM MST Friday, January 6, 2017.
Valid Tonight Through Saturday.
As Of 6 PM MST Wednesday, January 4, 2017.
Old Man Winter is taking aim at New Mexico and nearby areas tonight into Friday. An arctic cold front is entering Northeastern New Mexico early this evening. Temperatures behind the front in Northeastern Colorado are already down into the single digits.
The arctic cold front will be draped across the eastern and southeastern plains tomorrow and will try and wobble back and forth or from east to west and then back to the east at times during the day. So Carlsbad should reach a high temperature tomorrow in the mid 60's while Clovis may not make it up to the freezing mark (32ºF). Hobbs may only be in the 40's tomorrow.
A reinforcing surge of colder air will arrive in all of the local area Thursday night into Saturday. Friday we will be lucky to see freezing or much above it for most of us in Southeastern New Mexico. Low temperatures Thursday night will drop down into the teens to near 20ºF and lows Saturday morning may be in the single digits in some areas. Wind chill temperatures will be below zero in some locals and in the single digits and teens across much of the area Thursday night into Friday.
Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for much of the Northern one half of New Mexico. The Northern Mountains could end up with two to three feet of new snow in some areas. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Lincoln and Chaves Counties and by Friday Roswell and Ruidoso could see 2" to 4" of snow with locally higher totals. Light snow (an inch or less) is currently forecast for the Artesia, Carlsbad, and Hobbs areas but this may change depending upon the storm's track to the southeast across the state tomorrow night into Saturday morning.
Blowing and drifting snow along with heavy to very heavy snowfall may cause serious travel problems in some areas of the state so please keep abreast of all road conditions via this link. Travel in some areas of New Mexico will likely become dangerous and possibly life threatening!
This is a complex winter storm and there may very well be some changes in the forecasts for New Mexico communities and surrounding areas. Please visit our nearby local National Weather Service Offices for the very latest on this developing situation:
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