...Potent storm system to bring showers...thunderstorms...gusty winds...chillier temperatures and even some mountain snow...
As November begins the weather pattern makes a change...from dry and mild to wetter and cooler conditions. A storm system along the West Coast will move inland to the Great Basin today. Part of the system will lift northeast toward the northern Rocky Mountains tonight into Sunday. But another portion of the storm will be left behind and will slowly move east into Arizona Sunday and into New Mexico Monday into Tuesday. At the surface a cold front will cross the state Sunday into Sunday night...with a secondary cold front from the north sweeping across New Mexico Monday and Monday night.
The storm system as already begun to draw moisture north into the land of enchantment...showing up in the form of a few showers and thunderstorms late Friday through early this morning. The showers and storms will remain fairly isolated today and tonight...mostly concentrated over the southern San Juan Mountains. As the storm moves east precipitation will expand significantly Sunday into Monday. Most of the forecast area will see some rainfall during this time...with amounts from a tenth to a third of an inch common. It will turn colder late Sunday into Monday behind the first front. This will allow a change to snow over the higher peaks of the western and northern mountains. Widespread significant accumulations should not occur but several inches could fall north and east of Chama. The northeast could receive a little snow behind the second cold front Monday night.
Breezy to windy conditions will be common over southern and eastern areas this weekend and early next week. This will create more of a chill to the air.
Temperatures will remain near to above normal this weekend...but will begin to plummet Sunday night...with mostly below normal readings Monday through Tuesday night. A freeze is likely over portions of the Rio Grande Valley Monday and Tuesday night.
Stay tuned to the latest National Weather Service forecast on our website at www.Weather.Gov/abq or from your favorite media outlet.