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Cold and windy day in store for ABQ

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A high of just 46 — well below the average high of 58 — is expected under mostly sunny skies in the Albuquerque metro area today, where the big story will be 10 to 20 mph west winds increasing to 20 to 30 mph this afternoon with possible gusts of up to 40 mph.

Blustery northwest winds will continue after dark but diminish overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

Cooler-than-normal temperatures will persist through the week, with a high of 44 forecast for Wednesday, near 47 on Thursday, then gradually back up into the 50s on Friday and Saturday and into the 60s on Sunday.

Elsewhere, there’ll be cooler temperatures and strong winds on tap for portions of northern and central New Mexico and some patches of snowfall — light to moderate in the northern mountains, the far northeast highlands and far northeastern plains today and tonight, according to the latest hazardous weather outlook.

Northwest winds will kick up over much of central and south-central New Mexico today with occasional gusts up to 50 and 55 mph expected.

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