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Cooler days, more rain in store for state

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Be prepared to dig out a light jacket and possibly an umbrella.

Climate models are projecting a wetter and cooler May in New Mexico, meteorologists from the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque said Monday.

And this week will not be an exception.

Rain for much of the state and snow in the higher elevations of the northern mountains are in the forecast for much of the week, meteorologist Todd Shoemake said.

“All areas should see some rainfall,” Shoemake said, “but it will be more favorable in the west and northern parts of the state.”

Temperatures are also expected to plunge, Shoemake said. Many areas will see high temperatures 10 to 15 degrees below normal.

Cooler weather started moving into the state Tuesday as a low pressure system moved across the Four Corners region and into the eastern plains. High temperatures are expected to be in the 60s and 50s later this week in the northeast and north-central parts of the state “even in some of the low elevations,” Shoemake said.

That includes the Albuquerque area, which saw highs in the low 80s Sunday and Monday, but will see highs in the 60s by Thursday and into the weekend. The highs Thursday, Friday and Saturday are expected to be 67, 65 and 67.

Even Roswell, “normally one of the hottest areas in the state,” will see much lower temperatures, Shoemake said. The high in Roswell will drop from 94 on Monday to 63 on Friday. Clayton will see a similar plunge, from 82 on Monday to 54 on Thursday.

There will be a chance of accumulating snow in the northern mountains today and Thursday for elevations above 9,000 to 10,000 feet. A mixture of rain and snow is possible at 8,500 to 9,500 feet later this week, which could cause snow melt and runoff.

Two low pressure systems will be moving in from the west on Friday. Each one is expected to bring moisture.

“The cooler temperatures are going to stay intact,” Shoemake said. “We’re also going to see a wet pattern.”

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