Powerful spring storm brings rain, wind and snow to New Mexico

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Grant’s Monday Night Forecast

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – A powerful spring storm moves through New Mexico on Monday, bringing widespread rain, wind and snow. A chance of snow is possible in the Albuquerque metro Tuesday morning.

Widespread rain and snow are moving across New Mexico on Monday. Lightning and thunder are also reported in parts of the state. A strong cold front is also pushing south across the state on Monday afternoon, bringing very strong winds to parts of eastern New Mexico. These winds will continue through Tuesday morning, bringing near-blizzard conditions to extreme northeastern New Mexico and the Raton Pass area as early as Monday evening.

Meanwhile, across the rest of the state, most of the rain and snow will ease this evening with persistent snow in the mountains of northern, central and southern New Mexico, as well as the far central-eastern part of the state.

Another upper level disturbance will move south through central New Mexico early Tuesday morning. Snow will form over the northern mountains very early Tuesday morning and move south by mid-morning. This will bring snow to the Albuquerque subway during the morning commute.

However, the snow is expected to be very wet and with the recent warm weather should melt once it hits the ground. Air temperatures will also be in the mid-30s on Tuesday morning, creating only wet roads for the morning rush hour. However, reduced visibility is possible in heavy snow.

Most areas remain dry Tuesday, with only scattered showers and snow aloft in the Rio Grande Valley from Albuquerque to Las Cruces through Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures will also remain very cool for this time of year across the state.

Another cycle of a mix of rain and snow will be possible, once again, in the Rio Grande Valley / central New Mexico very early Wednesday. This disappears in the late morning with the return of drier and slightly warmer weather.

A high pressure ridge will form at the weekend. This will cause a rapid warming trend in the state that will peak this weekend with highs well above average for this time of year. Highs will even reach near 80° in parts of Albuquerque by Sunday afternoon.

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