Regional Weather Summary
Issued by NWS
AWUS85 KABQ 221729
Weather Summary for Northern and Central NM
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
1029 AM MST Wed Feb 22 2017
As the subtropical ridge of high pressure over the region moves
to the east of New Mexico, southwest flow aloft will strengthen
today ahead of an approaching Pacific storm system. Mid and high
level moisture streaming in from the southwest will also increase
over the area today. Skies overnight were partly to occasionally
mostly cloudy over north central and northwest parts of the state.
Elsewhere, skies were mostly clear to partly cloudy. Winds were
generally light to breezy. Overnight low temperatures ranged from
the upper 20s to mid 30s over the north central mountains and
upper Rio Grande river valley and over the west to southwest and
over the Raton and Estancia basins. Over the San Juan basin and
south central areas and along the middle to lower Rio Grande river
valley and eastern plains, overnight lows generally ranged from
the mid 30s to 40s.
Increasing lift and moisture ahead of the approaching front will
bring mostly cloudy skies to north central, central and west to
northwest parts of the state today with a chance of rain showers
and isolated afternoon through early evening thunderstorms. Higher
elevations over the north central mountains will see snow showers.
Elsewhere skies will become partly cloudy today. Winds will increase
across much of the state with gusts of between 25 to 40 mph possible.
The strongest winds will occur over higher terrain in the northwest
and west and over and east of the central mountain chain where
gusts up to the 40 to 55 mph range will be common. Warm temperatures
are also expected again today with many locations approaching or
breaking high temperature records this afternoon. High temperatures
today will range from the 40s to lower 60s over higher terrain to
the mid 60s to mid 80s over lower terrain.