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Weather Summary for Northern and Central NM
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
831 PM MDT Thu Mar 23 2017

A Pacific cold front pushed rapidly eastward through New Mexico
today bringing partly to mostly cloudy skies along with scattered
to numerous rain showers, higher terrain snow showers and a few
thunderstorms. Very high winds also accompanied this storm system
with wind gusts averaging 35 to 45 mph over much of the state. The
highest wind gusts occurred over higher terrain and over south
central and eastern parts of the state where gusts between 55 to
65 mph were common. A wind gust of 67 mph was recorded at Sunport
in Albuquerque early this afternoon. A wind gust to 72 mph was
reported from a thunderstorm near Dora and a wind gust of 70 mph
was reported at the Fort Sumner airport and a wind gust to 77 mph
was reported a few miles south of Mesa in Chaves county. Pea size
hail from a thunderstorm also fell a few miles south of Clovis.
Areas of blowing dust were frequent today especially east of the
central mountain chain where visibilities less than a quarter mile
were reported in some areas. Afternoon high temperatures today
generally ranged from the 40s to mid 50s over higher terrain over
central and western areas to the mid 50s to mid 70s over lower
terrain over central and western areas. The eastern plains saw
afternoon highs ranging from the 70s to lower 90s. The highest
temperature reported this afternoon was 91 degrees in Roswell.

The front will track quickly east into Texas this evening. As
colder air filters into the state behind the front, snow is
expected to fall over much of the west and north, especially over
higher terrain. The higher peaks over the northern mountains may
average anywhere between three to six inches of snowfall overnight
with a few more favorable areas picking up to eight inches or so.
Wind speeds will diminish this evening somewhat but start to pick
up again during the overnight hours as a post frontal trough of
low pressure moves south into New Mexico. Overnight low temperatures
will range from the 20s to mid 30s over the mountains and over
north central areas and over the west to the upper 30s to mid 40s
over lower terrain over south central areas and over the eastern


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