Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Snow, cooler temperatures likely for NM this week

Joshua Temple and Becca Marshall of Grow the Growers farmer education program prepare a patch of land for spring planting of radishes, onions and flowers at Gutiérrez Hubbell House in the South Valley on Monday. A cold front is expected to drop temperatures across New Mexico this week, with the best chance of snow likely to be in the north and east-central parts of the state. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/)

A cold front moving into New Mexico on Tuesday night is expected to drop temperatures and increase the chance of snow before the state warms up again towards the end of the week.

“Colorado will get most of the precipitation (Tuesday), but we’ll see parts of the Four Corners and northern New Mexico get that precipitation overnight,” said Scott Overpeck, a weather forecaster with the National Weather Service’s Albuquerque office.

On Tuesday in Albuquerque, 54 degrees are expected to be reached.

Albuquerque has a 40% chance of precipitation on Tuesday. Rain is possible before 23:00 and can then transition to a mix of rain and snow.

Wind gusts could reach 35 miles per hour in the city Tuesday night.

The storm’s heaviest snowfall is expected Wednesday morning from 2 a.m. to 11 a.m

Santa Fe could see a total of 1 to 2 inches of snow Tuesday and Wednesday. Around 5 to 6 inches of snow is possible in Las Vegas over the two days.

Clines Corners, Santa Rosa and Tucumcari could see 2 to 3 inches.

Road travel could be difficult Wednesday, including on Interstate 25 from Glorieta to Raton and Interstate 40 from Clines Corners to Tucumcari.

“If you need to get out, make sure people know where you’re going, check the weather forecast, and have emergency supplies on hand,” Overpeck said.

Albuquerque will be mostly cloudy Wednesday morning with a 20 percent chance of snow before 11 a.m

The city is expected to see a low of 28 degrees and a high of 45. Wednesday afternoon should be sunny.

The chance of precipitation in New Mexico should decrease sharply on Thursday.

Albuquerque has a forecast high of 46 degrees on both Thursday and Friday.

“Cold temperatures (remain) up in the mountains and on higher ground, so we’ll be able to capture any snowfall there,” Overpeck said. “Most areas may be trending up a bit more as we get into the weekend.”

The weekend in Albuquerque is expected to be mostly sunny, with high temperatures of 50 degrees on Saturday and 52 on Sunday.

Theresa Davis is a member of the Report for America Corps and reports on water and the environment for the .

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