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No Snow For Christmas In SE NM This Year - But Snow Tonight.

Blog Updated @ 11:10 AM MST This Morning.

Warm & Windy Today - Colder Snow Tonight.

A powerful upper level storm will continue to dig southeastward into Colorado and New Mexico today into tonight. Although the center of the storm will be centered over Kansas and Oklahoma on Tuesday New Mexico will make a quick return back to winter this afternoon into tomorrow morning.

High temperatures across the local area today will be in the upper 60's to the low 70's ahead of an approaching strong cold front. Due to abundant mid and high level cloud cover overnight, and dry downsloping northwesterly winds, a very mild night temperature-wise occurred overnight. My low temp here in Carlsbad was a mild 59F.

 Northwesterly winds gusted between 30-50 mph over much of the local area yesterday afternoon into the overnight hours. Gusts to 60 mph were noted in the Guadalupe Pass area. Similar winds are forecast for today.

Turning Colder Tonight - Rain Changing To Snow.

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No Snow For Christmas This Year In SE NM.

A fast moving winter storm along with a strong cold front will enter southeastern New Mexico around midnight or shortly afterwards tonight. Light rain is expected to change over to light snow before sunrise tomorrow morning. At this time due to the recent mild temperatures and warm ground conditions on trace amounts to less than an inch of snow are forecast for the southeastern plains. 

Our high temperatures on Tuesday are currently forecast to only be in the upper 30's to the mid 40's

The rain and snow showers are forecast to end by noontime tomorrow with clearing skies. Forecast low temperatures Wednesday morning range from 10F at Cloudcroft to near 20F in the Pecos Valley. 

I think there may a few surprises with this fast moving winter storm. As it approaches the state it continues to don't be too surprised if some of us see a little more snow than is currently forecast. 

Northern and Central New Mexico remain under a Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory. A Blizzard Warning remains in effect for the Southwestern San Juan Mountains of Southern Colorado. This includes the communities of Ridgway, Glade Park, Silverton, Rico, and Hesperus. 4" - 8" of snow is forecast along with northwesterly winds of 25-35 mph with gusts to 80 mph above 8,000'. Which will create Blizzard Conditions with visibility's below 1/4 of a mile. 

Northeastern and Eastern New Mexico remain under a Winter Weather Advisory. The Clovis and Portales areas are expecting 1" - 3" of snow tonight into tomorrow morning. North to northeasterly winds of 20-30 mph with gusts to 40 mph will cause areas of blowing snow. Similar conditions are forecast for the Ruidoso area. I suspect that Ski Apace will pick up a little more snow than this...perhaps closer to 4" to 8" if the storm digs far enough south. 

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