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Blowing snow expected in parts of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - The National Weather Service says residents and travelers in New Mexico can expect accumulating and blowing snow in parts of the state Friday and into the weekend.
Forecasters say several inches of snow may accumulate Friday night in the northern mountains, the northeastern highlands and the plains.
A hazardous weather outlook also says there could be reduced visibility due to blowing snow on Interstate 25 between the Glorieta Pass area and the Colorado line as well as on sections of Highways 64 and 87.
Forecasters say the snow will continue over portions of northern and northeastern New Mexico through Saturday morning before tapering off.
Another storm system could hit the area in the middle of next week.

Wild wind, rain and even snow headed for NM

New Mexico is in for a wild day with very high wind whipping across the state and rain opportunities returning.

Gusts of 55 mph are possible for central, eastern and southeastern New Mexico from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. A Red Flag warning for fire danger has been issued for southeastern New Mexico due to winds.

The best rain chances will be across the western part of the state. The rain is expected to begin midday on Saturday and transition into snow for the northern regions.

Around 6 a.m. Sunday, snow will move in from the west. The best snow chances will remain in the north, central and western mountain ranges, with a Winter Storm Warning in place through Sunday afternoon for the north central mountains.

The metro could see some rain and even a light dusting of snow late Saturday into Sunday.

Travel on I-40 west of Albuquerque could become very dodgy at times and the potential for heavy rain and wind could make driving dangerous.

Snow falls in NM, more coming late Wednesday

After a record-breaking 43 days without winter precipitation, snow finally fell Monday night in Albuquerque and the surrounding areas.

On Tuesday morning, a winter weather advisory is issued for the northern part of the state until 4 p.m. This area could see another inch or two of snow.

As the storm exits this afternoon and this evening, we will get ready for a powerful punch of cold air and more snow late Wednesday into Thursday.

Santa Fe and northern New Mexico will see temperatures in the 20s-30s today. The East Mountains have a thirty percent chance of snow and big wind today. Albuquerque has a slight chance of flurries and rain this afternoon.

Drought worsens in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Extreme drought is expanding its reach across northeastern New Mexico, while the state's largest city approaches 40 days without any snow or rain.
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque say there's no precipitation in the forecast for the Albuquerque area through tomorrow. It marks one of the longest winter dry spells in nearly a century.
Roswell has also been without moisture for more than a month.
In Clayton, it's been a week since any measureable precipitation has fallen. Still, the area has received only about one-third of its normal precipitation so far this winter.
The federal drought map released yesterday shows nearly half of New Mexico is dealing with severe to extreme drought. That's worse than conditions reported three weeks ago.

Hazardous winds forecast across much of NM

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Strong and damaging wind gusts are forecast for Thursday across much of New Mexico.
The National Weather Service says gusts up to 75 mph are expected in areas from the central mountain chain eastward into adjacent highlands and plains on Thursday and Thursday night.
Meanwhile, wind gusts up to 50 mph are forecast for parts of western New Mexico.
The Weather Service says fire conditions will be critical in the lower Rio Grande Valley and much of the eastern plains.
Rain and snow is forecast for high terrain in far northern New Mexico late Thursday and through Thursday night.

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Change in weather could bring moisture to NM

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - It has been a month since New Mexico's largest city has had any rain or snow, and more than one third of the state continues to be entangled in severe to extreme drought.
Temperatures have been unseasonably warm and dry, but forecasters with the National Weather Service say that's about to change.
A mass of cold air is expected to reach the northeast part of the state Wednesday night. It's expected to press west and south through Thursday and bring with it some moisture.
Forecasters say the upslope precipitation isn't looking significant, but anything will help.
As for snowpack in New Mexico's mountain ranges, every basin - except for the high Sangre de Cristos and the headwaters of the Pecos River - are worse off than last year.

NM marks year of weather extremes

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - It seemed there was no end in sight after three years without any meaningful snow or summer rain. In 2013, New Mexico's drought became what climate experts and water managers were calling unprecedented.
A summer heat wave made things worse as the state's reservoirs were reduced to mucky messes, and stretches of the Rio Grande and Pecos rivers went dry.
But summing up New Mexico's weather this year isn't that simple.
There was record rainfall, flash flooding, historic wind gusts and a severe hail storm that put snow plows to work during the first week of July.
Deirdre Kann with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque says New Mexico is finishing the year with near normal temperatures and precipitation, but the fluctuations during the year were anything but near normal.