A Change In The Storm Track Will Bring Winter Back.
Valid Sunday Through 5 PM MST Wednesday, January 18, 2023.
ECMWF Total Snowfall Forecast.
Windy weather is forecast also for Sunday and Monday. In fact current forecasts are calling for westerly winds sustained at around 35-40 mph with gusts near 70-75 mph Sunday into Sunday night for the Cloudcroft area. The Ruidoso area will have gusts in the 50-60 mph range if not higher. Gusts near 45 to 50 mph are forecast for Monday. Blowing snow may create travel hazards along with the moderate snowfall.
A High Wind Watch is now in effect for the Guadalupe mountains of Eddy and Culberson Counties Sunday morning through Monday evening. West winds sustained at around 40 to 60 mph with gusts up to around 85 mph range are expected. Localized areas of blowing dust are also possible. Rain is not in our local forecast for the southeastern plains until storm number two arrives next Tuesday and Wednesday...then maybe.
Record Cold In Siberia May Affect Us In The Long Range.
Extreme cold is gripping Siberia as temperatures fall to the lowest levels since 2002. Sometimes these brutal Siberian record cold outbreaks will work themselves out of Siberia and across the north pole then southward into Canada and the U.S. We will need to watch to see if this happens in about a week to ten days from now. Meantime expect more Pacific storms to hammer California and the Southwest including New Mexico. Winter is back!
"Headlining the cold were temperature readings from the northern Siberia town of Zhilinda, which dropped to 80 degrees Fahrenheit below zero (62.1 degrees Celsius below zero) both Wednesday morning and Thursday morning, local time. Not only were these readings the coldest at this rural station since 1942 and represented new records for the month of January, but they were also the lowest temperatures recorded in all of Russia since 2002.
All-time low temperatures at Zhilinda and Russia overall are 82 degrees Fahrenheit below zero (64 degrees Celsius below zero) and 90 degrees Fahrenheit below zero (68 degrees Celsius below zero), respectively.Another station in northeastern Siberia, Oymyakon, was nearly as cold on Wednesday morning, local time, measuring a low of 76 degrees Fahrenheit below zero (60 degrees Celsius below zero), which tied the all-time record low temperature there from 2008."Always Check The Home Page For The Latest/Current Watch/Warning/Forecast Information.