Calm Monday before the winter storm

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Erica’s Monday morning forecast

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – This morning is very cold with most parts of the state posting temperatures below freezing. The sky is generally sunny and the winds are calm to start the day. High pressures will keep the weather calm on Monday, with temperatures slightly warmer than yesterday, light winds and a mix of sun and cloud. Cloud cover will extend south to north to New Mexico, remaining south of I-40. Abundant sunshine is expected for the metro and northern NM.

The next storm will move from Tuesday to Thursday. As humidity increases on Tuesday, the skies will remain mostly cloudy and rain showers are possible in western New Mexico on Tuesday afternoon. Rain and snow will spread throughout the west, north and central state through Tuesday evening.

The snow will fall on the heights. For now, the models are still showing inconsistencies, with the most snow expected in the San Juan and Tusas mountains, and lesser amounts expected for the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Snow will fall most heavily Tuesday night and night in the San Juan and Tusas mountains, while snow will begin late overnight Tuesday through Wednesday for the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

Expect messy roads and challenging high ground travel conditions on Wednesday. The lower elevations will see some rain showers throughout the day on Wednesday, particularly in the northeastern highlands. Thanksgiving will dry out and be much cooler.

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