Update At 4:30 PM MST-
Our next cold front will arrive in SE NM just before midnight. Strong gusty northerly winds (20-30 mph & a few high gusts) will accompany it's passage, and will likely continue into tomorrow morning. Colder air will overspread the area, with most of us only seeing our high temperatures climbing up into the 40's tomorrow afternoon.
Sadly very little moisture will accompany this cold front. There might be a few light rain/snow showers overnight into tomorrow morning, but nothing significant is expected. With clear skies and a cold dry aimass in place, most of our overnight low temperatures will be in the teens to near twenty Friday morning.
SW-W Winds 30-45G60 MPH.
11 AM - 11 PM MST.
Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions.
The models are continuing to back off on the chances for rain/snow across SE NM with each new run for Thursday. And the latest runs indicate that the airmass will not be as cold as originally thought.
Today will be another unusually warm and windy day with afternoon highs in the upper 70's to near 80. So a few locations may tie or break their record high temperatures for the date today. Southwesterly winds will gust up to around 30-40 mph this afternoon across the lower elevations of SE NM.
A cold front will work it's way southward into the area later tonight. Colder temperatures are expected for tomorrow, with afternoon highs in the 40's. We might see a few light rain or snow showers tomorrow, but even if we do, it will not be anything to write home about.
The outlook for the weekend looks decent with seasonal temperatures and sunny skies.
Record High Temps For Jan 19th-
Roswell 80 2000
Artesia 78 2000
Carlsbad Climate 79 2000+
Carlsbad Airport 86 2000
Hobbs 74 1986
Tatum 74 2000
Capitan 66 2005
Ruidoso 71 1986
Elk 73 2000+
Cloudcroft 57 2005+
+ And In Earlier Years.
The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction!