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Pacific trough likely to bring rain to metro ABQ

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Pacific trough moving over the state today and Wednesday will interact with increasing moisture to produce showers and storms across New Mexico, meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Albuquerque said Monday.

Widespread moderate to heavy rainfall will move from the southwest to the northeast part of the state today through Wednesday morning, said Roger Smith, a meteorologist with the service in Albuquerque, with localized heavy rain, and minor flooding in arroyos and small streams possible.

“(Today) we’ll see widespread coverage of rain and some embedded thunderstorms,” Smith said. “The likelihood for heaviest rain will be across west central, the southwest and even portions of south central New Mexico. We could see up to an inch in some of the stronger cells.”

Smith said areas east of the central mountains could see some mid-level moisture this afternoon from the remnants of Hurricane Willa, which is expected to make landfall on the Mexican Pacific Coast today, then weaken and accelerate northeast. No direct impacts are expected across New Mexico.

Six inches to one foot of snow are possible above 11,500 feet in the Sangre de Cristo mountains today through Wednesday morning.

In metro Albuquerque, showers are likely today, with a high temperature in the low 60s.

On Wednesday, isolated showers are possible in the metro area under mostly cloudy skies and a high in the lower 60s.

Rainfall activity should depart New Mexico from west to east during the afternoon and early evening hours Wednesday. Drier air will filter in from the west late Wednesday, with drier and warmer weather on tap for Thursday and Friday.

A weak backdoor front could impact eastern New Mexico on Sunday, but forecasters anticipate no significant impacts or cold air.