A strong storm brings winds, rain, snow and colder temperatures this weekend

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Grant’s Thursday Night Forecast

Hot, dry weather will continue through Saturday, but winds will pick up. Our next storm will move into Sunday and Monday, bringing widespread windy weather, colder temperatures, rain and snow.

Warmer weather continues to return to New Mexico on Thursday. Temperatures will continue to climb Saturday ahead of our next storm system. Winds will also pick up every afternoon through the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, wind gusts of up to 40 mph will be possible over higher elevations and eastern New Mexico with gusts of 30 mph in the valleys.

The bulk of the storm arrives on Sunday. This will start with winds continuing overnight and getting even stronger Sunday afternoon. Widespread gusts of over 40 mph will be likely with stronger gusts reaching 60 mph. A cold front will also sweep across the state throughout the day on Sunday, sending temperatures plummeting behind it. Scattered showers and mountain snow will develop along and behind the cold front in western, northern and central New Mexico. Southern Colorado will also see a mix of rain and snow.

Forecast models hint at a second storm right after this one that will occur on Monday. If this scenario plays out, expect more widespread rain and snowfall on Monday. It could even include low-level snowfall in central New Mexico. For now, keep an eye on the forecast. Either way, colder air will set in early next week, with the first freeze of the season likely for parts of northwest and central New Mexico.

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