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Albuquerque in for a ‘temperature roller coaster’

Camden Lense, left, and his girlfriend, Nicolette Carter, enjoy spring-like temperatures Monday afternoon as they paint at Mariposa Basin Park. Albuquerque is expected to have a week of warm and sunny weather, with a brief cooldown and a chance of rain showers Thursday. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

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Albuquerque is in for a mostly dry, sunny and warm week to start off March.

A cold front will roll in Wednesday night, but temperatures will rebound for the rest of the week, said National Weather Service meteorologist Sharon Sullivan.

“For the middle part of the week into the late week, it will be a temperature roller coaster,” Sullivan said.

Albuquerque is forecast to have a high of 60 degrees Tuesday and 64 Wednesday.

Some snow and slick roads are possible in northern New Mexico on Wednesday night and Thursday as a cold front blows through the state.

In Albuquerque, wind gusts could exceed 45 mph. Temperatures will dip to a low of 35 degrees Thursday and reach a high of 59. The metro area has a 60% chance of rain.

Cross-country runners compete in an invitational race at Bosque School in Albuquerque on Saturday morning. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

The weekend looks to be mostly sunny, with some of the highest temperatures yet of the season. A high of 67 is forecast for Sunday in Albuquerque.

Meteorologist Daniel Porter said the meager recent precipitation and above-average warmth have caused the state’s river basins to drop below seasonal normals for snow water equivalent, or the amount of water in the snowpack.

“This is about the time of year where we generally see our peak for snow water equivalent,” Porter said. “That doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re done for the season for additional storm systems, but we’re running out of time to start piling up the snow water equivalent … particularly in the southern half of the state.”

More than half of New Mexico is experiencing exceptional drought, a category marked by low-flowing rivers and limited grass growth.

Theresa Davis is a Report for America corps member covering water and the environment for the Albuquerque Journal.

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