Major Winter Storm Will Hammer New Mexico Sunday Into Tuesday!

December 31, 2023.
Last Sunset Of 2023.
US Hwy 70 Near Tinnie, NM. 


5 AM Sunday Morning


11 AM Sunday Morning.


5 PM Sunday Evening.


11 AM MST Saturday Morning.


5 AM MST Sunday.

5 AM MST Monday Morning.

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NWS NDFD Storm Total Snowfall Forecast.


NWS NDFD Peak Wind Gust Forecast.


Significant Winter Storm Hammers NM Sunday Through Tuesday.

Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for parts of western and northern New Mexico from late this evening through Monday morning. New snowfall totals of 2" to 6" below 7,500', and 6" to 12" above 7,500'. Locally up to 18" near the Colorado border. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph with create areas of blowing and drifting snow which will impact local travel.Some road closures are possible. 

Winter Storm Watches are in effect for late Sunday night through late Monday night. NEAR TO BLIZZARD CONDITIONS POSSIBLE. New snowfall totals of 1" to 3" for most with 4" to 6" in and near Raton Pass and Capulin. North wind gusts of 70 mph will help create blinding whiteout conditions with near zero visibility in these areas. 

Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for parts of northern, central valleys, central highlands, western, and the southern Sacramento Mountains from Sunday into Monday. New snowfall totals 2" to 5" with 4" to 8" above 7,500'. 10" are possible across some of the higher peaks.  Winds gusting as high as 50 mph with create areas of blowing and drifting snow which will impact local travel.Some road closures are possible. 

Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for Sunday into Monday for parts of the Gila Mountains and the southern Sacramento Mountains. New snowfall totals of 1" to 3" with locally higher amounts possible. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph with create areas of blowing and drifting snow which will impact local travel.Some road closures are possible. 

Dangerous Wind Chills.

Wind Chill temperatures will plummet Sunday night into especially Tuesday morning. 

Lower elevations of the state will see readings in the 0F to 10F below zero range with the northeastern plains dropping down into the -10F to -15F range.

Higher mountain valleys of northern New mexico will plummet as low as -20F to near -40F.

Single digit and teen wind chill values are forecast for southern and southeastern New Mexico. Wind chill temps will drop as low as 0F to -10F in the Sacramento Mountains.

Damaging Winds!

A High Wind Watch remains in effect for the Eddy County Plains, the Guadalupe Mountains of Eddy and Culberson Counties, and the Davis Mountains late Sunday night through Monday evening.West winds will become sustained at 35 to 45 mph with gusts near 75 mph!

Wind damage may occur including roof and single damage, power lines and poles may be blown down, utility poles and lines may be blown down, outbuildings, barns, and sheds may be damaged, irrigation sprinkler systems may be damaged, trees and trees limbs may be damaged or blown down.

Blowing Dust!

Blinding clouds of blowing dust are expected to become widespread during the stronger wind gusts. Sudden drops in the visibility down to zero with little to no warning will occur in the usual dust prone locations such as: freshly plowed or cultivated farmlands, open fields, and lots. As in and around road construction areas.

Wind Advisories continue in effect for the Sacramento Mountains, southern and southwestern New Mexico from Sunday into Monday. West winds will become sustained at 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 to 55 mph. Ski Apache may see west winds gusting up to around 55 to 60 mph.

Localized areas of blowing dust will reduce the visibility at times especially in dust prones areas. Blowing and drifting snow will cause travel issues in the mountains. 

This major winter storm is still in the process of developing. Therefore additional warnings, watches, and advisories may be issued. Chaves County may see a Winter Weather Advisory issued on Sunday. Some of the Winter Weather Advisories may be upgraded to Winter Storm Warnings and cover additional areas not currently covered as of 6 PM MST Saturday evening. 

Blizzard Warnings could possibly be issued for the northeastern and eastern plains on Sunday. 

Depending upon the exact track and speed of this incoming major winter storm some locals may get more snow than forecast and some less.

Multiple life threatening weather hazards are likely to occur across much of the state Sunday into Tuesday morning due to the heavy snow, blowing and drifting snow, near to blizzard conditions, high winds, and blinding dust storms.

Please stay abreast of your local weather conditions and forecasts. Feel free to use my weather web page and share it with your friends, family, and others. 


Landspout Tornado North Of Artesia (Cottonwood) Yesterday.

At 4:33 PM MST
Courtesy Of Jimmy Burnside.
Near The Winery In Cottonwood.

Northwest Of Artesia Thursday Afternoon.
Courtesy Of Margarita Franco and...

Seen NW of Artesia today. Margarita Franco was the contributor. Many saw the funnel cloud twisting, there was also thunder and bitterly ice cold wind. Wendell L. Malone explains: "It was a bonified landspout-- not a dust devil. A landspout is a tornado with a narrow, rope-like condensation funnel that forms while the thunderstorm cloud is still growing and there is no rotating updraft - the spinning motion originates near the ground."

There Are None So Blind As Those Who "Will - Not" To See...107.

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