Blog Updated @ 4:25 PM MST.
NWS Watches & Warnings In Effect.
Severe T-Storms - Heavy Rains - Heavy Mountain Snows Today!
Major Ice Storm Is Crippling The Heartland.
Buffalo, Oklahoma At Sunrise This Morning.
Valid @ 6 AM MST This Sunday Morning.
Valid @ 5 AM MST This Sunday Morning.
Our current cutoff upper level low was located just south of the New Mexico Boot Hell in Northwestern Mexico and is forecast to move northeastward today and be located near Jal by sunset.
As Of 7:15 AM MST This Morning.
As I write this yet another thunderstorm is rolling into Carlsbad from the southwest, making this the second thunderstorm of the morning. More to come today as well. The graphic above shows where the heaviest concentration of thunderstorms (lightning strikes) has been over the past 24 hours. Remember we started New Year's Day off with a line of Severe Thunderstorms that produced wind gusts of 60 to 69 mph in the Artesia-Carlsbad-Hobbs areas. Today could be another repeat with Severe Thunderstorms in the area.
Severe Thunderstorms Over Southern NM Last Night.
Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Penny Size Hail In Las Cruces.
Quarter Size Hail (1" Dia) 4 Miles SSE Mesilla (South Of Las Cruces).
Alamogordo, New Mexico.
A NWS Skywarn Spotter reported half dollar size hail (1.25" Dia) 2 miles north of Alamogordo at 7:56 PM MST last night causing damage to a vehicle. Notice the impressive inflow notch as the severe thunderstorm was rolling through Alamogordo. A gust to 55 mph was reported at Holloman AFB with a temp of 48ºF.
I can not ever recall seeing a Severe Thunderstorm Warning next to a Winter Storm Warning in this part of New Mexico before. While severe thunderstorms were hammering Alamogordo last night just 16 miles to the east in Cloudcroft (8,750') they were under a Winter Storm Warning. And from the east side of the Sacramento Mtn's east to the Southeastern Plains and eastward into West Texas we were under a Dense Fog Advisory.
Take a look at the map above. We have a High Wind Warning in effect for the Guadalupe Mtn's, A Small Stream Flood Advisory for Lea County, A Winter Storm Warning for the Sacramento Mtn's, and along the east slopes of the Sac's another Dense Fog Advisory.
Meanwhile a Freezing Rain Advisory is out for Northeastern New Mexico, Dense Fog Advisories for the east slopes of the Central Mountains and Eastern Plains, and Winter Storm Warnings for the Northern and Western Mountains.
As Of 5 AM MST This Morning.
(As Of 7 AM MST This Morning).
Cannon AFB Radar.
El Paso Radar.
Green shaded areas on the image above indicate light to moderate rainfall. Yellow and orange shaded areas indicate moderate to heavy rainfall with a few embedded thunderstorms. The light blue shades indicate snow and the pink shades indicate freezing rain and or sleet.
(As Of 7 AM MST This Morning).
Difficult driving conditions are reported in the Sacramento Mountains as of 10 AM this morning. This includes the Cloudcroft, Mayhill, Sacramento, Weed, Timberon, Mescalero, Ruidoso, Capitan, and Hondo areas. Roads are snow packed and icy and crews are plowing, sanding, and salting them.
Severe Thunderstorms will be possible today into this evening across far Southeastern New Mexico and more so across West Texas to our east. Large hail, damaging winds, locally heavy rainfall and localized flash flooding will be the primary threats with an isolated tornado or two possible.
Note: Ski Apache is reporting 12" of fresh snow as of 3:30 PM MST this afternoon from this storm. This brings their season total to 38". Ski Cloudcroft reported 4" of fresh powder this morning.
(Last Updated @ 1:33 PM MST).
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