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Possible light snow in Albuquerque at the beginning of the new year

Grant’s New Years Eve forecast

by: Grant Tosterud

Posted: Dec 31, 2021 / 10:24 PM MSTUpdated: 12/31/2021 / 10:24 PM MST

A significant winter storm will bring wind, heavy snow, and rain to parts of New Mexico at the start of the New Year. From Saturday morning, traveling in the areas will be difficult.

Mountain rain and snow will increase in coverage and intensity overnight in western, central, and northern New Mexico by early New Years morning. A cold front will also move across the state overnight, lowering snow depths on valley floors and increasing snow intensity along the front as it moves east. The heaviest snowfall will fall in western and northern New Mexico, but light snow may be possible in the Albuquerque area on Saturday mornings.

A cold front behind the door from tonight to Saturday evening will bring the chance of light snow to parts of eastern New Mexico. However, some areas will face difficult travel as the New Year begins, including I-40 in western New Mexico, many areas in the northern part of the state, and the Santa Fe area. Wind will also cause poor visibility until Saturday afternoon.

This storm will also bring much colder temperatures when it leaves the region. Overnight lows will drop well below average by Sunday morning, with subzero wind chills in teen through teens. The high temperatures across the state will also be well below average on Sunday.

A new year comes with a new weather pattern as our active weather strip comes to an end with this storm system. A high pressure comb will build up in New Mexico early next week to warm temperatures and hold dry air in place.

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