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Weather Summary for Northern and Central NM...Correction...
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
710 PM MST Fri Nov 17 2017

Increasing lift, ahead of an approaching cold front, brought mostly
cloudy skies to western and central parts of the state today with a
few rain showers, along with a few snow showers over the higher peaks
over the northern mountains. Elsewhere, skies were mostly sunny to
partly cloudy. Strong westerly winds persisted across northern and
central New Mexico today with wind gusts in the 40 to 50 mph range
common. Higher gusts in the 50 to 60 mph range were also reported,
mainly over the northern mountains, northeast to eastern highlands
and eastern plains. Afternoon high temperatures today, generally
ranged from the 40s to lower 60s over higher terrain and over the
upper Rio Grande river valley to the mid 60s to upper 80s over lower
terrain elsewhere. Record high temperatures for today were reported
at several locations, including Albuquerque, which recorded a high
temperature of 73 degrees. This broke the old record of 70 degrees
for today, set back in 1981.

The cold front will push quickly south into New Mexico this evening
then finally exit south into Texas Saturday morning. The cold front
will bring a continued chance of rain showers and higher elevation
snow showers mainly over the northwest and north central parts of
the state tonight. Accumulating snow will be mostly confined to
above 8500 feet, where three to six inches could fall in the San
Juan mountains and one to three inches in the Sangre de Cristo
mountains. Low temperatures tonight will range from the upper teens
to mid 20s over north central areas and over lower terrain in the
west and over the Estancia basin to the 30s to 40s elsewhere. As
high pressure builds into the area behind the front, skies on
Saturday will become mostly sunny to sunny.


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