Arctic Air Grips NM - Winter Storm Approaching From California.
Blog Updated @ 4:35 PM MST Today.
Glazing from light freezing drizzle and light freezing fog at the Red Hills Gas Plant (Agave Energy Co) this morning. Located 21 miles WNW of Jal, NM, in Lea Co, at MM32 on St Hwy 128.
Snow packed roads in Carlsbad, NM this morning. A layer of black ice lies underneath the snow on local roads and highways in and around Carlsbad. Extremely slick conditions exists. We now have 11/2" of snow on the ground at our home here in NW Carlsbad.
Potent Closed 500 MB Low Headed To NM.
Arctic air grips most of New Mexico this morning. Low temperatures across the local area have ranged from the single digits to the mid teens. Wind chill values this morning across the area range from near zero to near -20°F. Our highs today in SE NM will generally be in the teens and 20's.
A powerful upper level closed low located over southern California this morning is forecast to move slowly east and southeast towards southern New Mexico by Saturday morning. The exact track and speed of this storm will determine just where the heaviest snows will fall...which as of this morning still are uncertain.
Mid-level moisture from the Baja Region is beginning to get ingested into the southwesterly flow aloft ahead of the storm which will help to moisten up the mid levels of the atmosphere and further the chances for more widespread and heavier snows over the area.
Winter Storm Impacts Upon The Desert SW.
A host of Watches and Warnings are in effect for the area. Please click on this
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