Looking Southeast From 11 Miles West Of Artesia, NM.
Strong Backdoor Cold Front Headed South & West.
(At 1:00 PM MDT Monday).
(At 1 PM MDT Monday).
Forecast High Temps Today.
Forecast Highs Thursday.
Our fall season's first strong backdoor cold front was located on a line from just north of Lubbock to Littlefield, to Portales, and Santa Rosa as of 1 PM MDT this Monday afternoon. Temperatures ahead of the front are ranging from 98º at Lubbock to 95º in Roswell and Carlsbad to 73º in Clayton in far northeastern New Mexico behind the front. The 50's and 60's cover a wide swath of the central plains.
The front is pushing southward and westward a little faster than what the models had forecast and will arrive in Southeastern New Mexico and parts of West Texas late this afternoon and early this evening. As the front continues surging southward into the local area winds will shift around to the north and northeast and gust up into the 25 to 35 mph range. A few local higher gusts are possible.
A High Wind Warning remains in effect for Guadalupe Pass from early Tuesday morning through early Tuesday afternoon. Northeast winds along and behind the frontal passage of 40 to 55 mph are forecast.
A much cooler airmass will settle in over the area tonight into Wednesday compared to our recent string of 90's to near 100º at the lower elevations. Cloudcroft is forecast to drop down to the mid 30's Tuesday night. Don't be surprised to see a few pockets of near-freezing to freezing temps at some of the higher mountain valley locations.
Our lows in the lower elevations will range from the mid-upper 40's to near 50 Wednesday and Thursday morning.
Highs on Tuesday and Wednesday are forecast to be in the 70's and 80's across the lower valleys and the 60's and 70's in the Ruidoso area. Cloudcroft will see highs on Tuesday in the mid-upper 50's with highs in the 60's Wednesday and Thursday.
So our first real taste of fall-like temps is on the way. Most noticeably at night.
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