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Frigid Forecast

While metro-area temperatures on Monday afternoon hovered in the high 40s and lower 50s, the scene at Sandia Crest was significantly more frigid, at 25 degrees accompanied by howling winds. A mountaintop winter is expected to visit lower regions today.  (roberto e. rosales/journal)
While metro-area temperatures on Monday afternoon hovered in the high 40s and lower 50s, the scene at Sandia Crest was significantly more frigid, at 25 degrees accompanied by howling winds. A mountaintop winter is expected to visit lower regions today. (roberto e. rosales/journal)
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Jack Frost is making a comeback after a brief balmy respite that brought welcome rain to the metro area.

The overcast skies, mild temperatures and light rain showers that visited Albuquerque over the weekend, and most of western and central New Mexico on Monday, will be replaced by chillier weather today, said Chuck Jones, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

“It’s going to be quite a change from what we’ve been experiencing,” Jones said.

Temperatures in the metro area will plunge into the high 30s and a winter storm will bring significant snow to the northwest. Taos may receive up to 3 inches of snow, Santa Fe may get 1 or 2 inches, Chama could see between 6 and 12 inches of snow by mid-afternoon.

Colder weather overnight will turn any continuing rain showers into snow and may bring slippery conditions on the roads.

“That’s certainly a concern,” Jones said.

The winter storm warning will likely bring accumulating snow to the northern and western mountains. Higher elevations around Ruidoso may see up to an inch of snow.

For Albuquerque, wind will be the main issue today. There will be sustained wind from the west and northwest with speeds of 25 mph to 30 mph, gusting up to 50 mph. The strongest winds will be around Clines Corners, meteorologist Todd Shoemake said.

Warmer temperatures are forecast for later in the week and the weekend, back in the 50s by Thursday.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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