A higher-level storm system combined with an arctic wind is predicted to impact the Eastern Plains. This cold front through eastern New Mexico to produce the strongest winter weather conditions of the season thus far. Light to moderate snow will begin through northern NM sometime late Tuesday, expanding southward through the day Wednesday, peaking in intensity Wednesday night before finally exiting the area Thursday. While forecast models still differ in the track and timing of this storm, early forecast snow totals currently show several inches favored for areas surrounding the central mountain chain with near a foot or more atop the mountain peaks.
Meanwhile, bitter cold temperatures will surge into northeastern NM Wednesday, expanding through all of eastern NM Thursday. While all areas will be colder than normal, the eastern plains in particular will be 25F to 35F below normal Thursday for high temperatures, ranging from the teens to twenties. Dangerously cold wind chills will also be present Thursday and Friday mornings. Long duration sub-freezing temperatures could keep snow and other winter impacts prolonged for many spots through the end of the week. Stay tuned to the latest forecasts on this developing winter storm system.
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