Dangerous Thanksgiving Storm Begins Impacting New Mexico Today!



At 4:51 AM MST This Wednesday Morning.


At 5:26 AM MST This Wednesday Morning.


At 11 PM MST Tuesday Night.

Valid At 5 PM MST Thanksgiving Evening.

Valid At 5 PM MST Black Friday Evening.

Powerful West Coast Storm Brings Winter To NM.

Early this morning the latest satellite images give us a couple of clues as to how large and strong our approaching winter storm is. Currently the potent closed mid-upper level low is centered over northern California with a second closed low well southwest of Baja, California. The Baja closed mid-upper closed low is forecast to get absorbed by the California storm by early on Thanksgiving. The potent storm is then forecast to slide eastward towards the Four Corners Region by midnight Black Friday.

Our approaching Powerful Winter Storm is unusually strong and wet for November. This is due in part to a strong fetch of subtropical moisture that the storm will pick up in its southwesterly flow aloft and sling northeastward into the area. This is already underway as depicted in the water vapor satellite image above.

National Weather Service Watches & Warnings In Effect.

Much Of New Mexico Is Under Winter Storm Warnings Or Winter Weather Advisories.



Wednesday.


Thanksgiving.


A change up or down by a couple of degrees in temperature is going to make all the difference in the world with this winter storm in just how much freezing rain, sleet, and snow falls and where. As I've already mentioned a couple of times before if its a couple of degrees colder then we will see more freezing rain, sleet, and snow over a wider area with higher totals than currently are being forecast. If its a couple of degrees warmer than forecast then some areas will see less.


Valid Today Through 5 P MST Black Friday.



Valid Today Through Black Friday.


Valid Today Through Thanksgiving.


Valid Today Through 7 AM MST Saturday.


NWS Freezing Rain Forecast.

Valid Today Through 5 P MST Black Friday.

Freezing Rain Forecast (Ice Storm).

Valid Today Through 11 AM MST Thanksgiving Day.

Power Line Ice Accumulation Forecast.

Valid Today Through 11 AM MST Thanksgiving Day.

Sleet Forecast.

Valid Today Through 11 AM MST Thanksgiving Day.

A sloppy mess with many travel problems will be the theme today into Black Friday across much of New Mexico and the local area. Expect to see travel problems on local and state highways and roads due to dangerous driving conditions from the freezing rain, sleet, and heavy snowfall. The mountains look to get a combination of all of the above with 6" to 12" in the Cloudcroft and Ruidoso areas. Perhaps even more. Ski Apache could see upwards of two feet.


Freezing rain may accumulate on exposed surfaces including power lines and tree limbs with the heaviest totals in the one tenth of an inch to three quarters of an inch range. If its colder than forecast then there could even be higher accumulations. There may be power outages in some areas because of the ice storm. Road closures may also occur especially in and near the mountains as well as anywhere freezing rain, sleet, and heavy snow fall.

Sleet could accumulate to a depth of 1/2 to 2" over parts of the local area especially over and east of the Sacramento and Guadalupe mountains eastward and northeastward out onto the Eastern and Southeastern Plains and parts of West Texas. 

An Unusually Wet Storm For November.


Valid Today Through 5 AM MST Black Friday.



Flash flooding will be an issued in parts of southwestern New Mexico from this unusually wet November Winter Storm.





Reported Events
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HSWIND 
 • 1 SSE CLINES CORNERS - 40 mph
 • 6 NE LAS VEGAS - 38 mph
 • 2 SSW FORT STANTON - 36 mph
 • 2 NNW ANGEL FIRE - 33 mph
 • 5 S ALBUQUERQUE - 33 mph
 • 2 ESE SANTA ROSA - 33 mph
 • 1 SE LOS ALAMOS - 32 mph
 • 4 SSE ROSWELL - 31 mph
 • 7 ENE TUCUMCARI - 31 mph
 • 10 WNW ALBUQUERQUE - 30 mph

NTSGUST 
 • 10 SSE MAGDALENA - 89 mph

 • 1 SSW CLOVIS - 68 mph
 • 2 SE CLOVIS - 67 mph
 • 18 NNE ENCINOSO - 66 mph
 • 2 NE DUNKEN - 65 mph
 • 18 NNE ENCINOSO - 64 mph
 • 3 NNW TEXICO - 61 mph
 • 7 ENE TUCUMCARI - 61 mph
 • 1 N CANNON AFB - 61 mph
 • 1 SSE CLINES CORNERS - 60 mph
 • 1 E FORT SUMNER - 60 mph
 • 2 E FORT SUMNER - 60 mph
 • 1 SW FORT SUMNER - 60 mph

 • 2 SW ENDEE - 59 mph
 • 13 SE TOLAR - 58 mph
 • 2 SW DORA - 58 mph
 • 10 S BINGHAM - 56 mph
 • 1 SE LOS ALAMOS - 55 mph
 • 3 WNW GALLUP - 55 mph
 • 5 NW NOGAL - 55 mph
 • 4 WSW TUCUMCARI - 53 mph
 • 3 SE SANTA ANA PUEBLO - 53 mph
 • 10 NNE ANCHO - 53 mph
 •  null MONTOYA - 53 mph
 • 13 SE TOLAR - 53 mph
 • 1 NW SUMNER LAKE - 53 mph
 • 2 SSW FORT STANTON - 52 mph
 • 2 ESE SAN ANTONITO - 52 mph
 • 4 WSW MILLS - 52 mph
 • 3 NW MILAN - 51 mph
 • 2 ENE CLAYTON - 51 mph
 • 4 ENE CUERVO - 51 mph
 • 5 S ALBUQUERQUE - 51 mph
 • 2 ESE SANTA ROSA - 50 mph
 • 14 NNE BITTER LAKE WILDLIFE REF - 50 mph
 •  null FRIJOLES - 50 mph

 • 9 SSW BLUEWATER LAKE - 49 mph
 • 6 NE LAS VEGAS - 49 mph
 • 5 NNE SEDAN - 49 mph
 • 6 NW FRUITLAND - 49 mph
 • 3 ESE MILAGRO - 47 mph
 • 2 W FARMINGTON - 47 mph
 • 3 NNE LA CIENEGA - 47 mph
 • 9 ESE MESITA - 47 mph
 • 16 SSE EL MORRO - 46 mph
 • 2 NNW ANGEL FIRE - 46 mph
 • 2 NNW PONDEROSA - 46 mph
 • 1 N NEW LAGUNA - 46 mph
 • 15 NW CARRIZOZO - 46 mph
 • 1 NNW RUIDOSO - 46 mph
 • 19 SW ACOMA PUEBLO - 45 mph
 • 1 WSW LOS LUNAS - 45 mph
 • 3 ESE MORIARTY - 45 mph
 • 1 N RED HILL - 45 mph
 • 3 NW BANDELIER NATL MONUMENT - 44 mph
 • 3 WSW BELEN - 44 mph
 • 1 W MOUNTAINAIR - 44 mph
 • 11 ENE JEMEZ SPRINGS - 44 mph
 • 2 NE PASTURA - 44 mph
 • 2 S SOCORRO - 43 mph
 • 4 NW ESPANOLA - 43 mph
 • 4 WSW CEDRO - 42 mph
 • 11 NNE DATIL - 41 mph
 • 10 WNW ALBUQUERQUE - 41 mph
SNOW 
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0515 PM 11/26/2019

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