The Albuquerque metro woke to a winter surprise on Wednesday as some snowfall from the previous night stuck around for morning commuters.
Although the snow accumulations weren’t above an inch at the Albuquerque International Sunport, trees around the city were coated in a fresh dusting and some parts of the city saw unmelted snow from the night before packed on sidewalks and roofs, as temperatures had dipped into the 20s after nightfall.
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque issued a freezing fog advisory for the Central Highlands area, citing low visibilities of only a quarter square mile. A photograph posted on the agency’s Twitter showed fog lingering over the metro area as well.
While the weather service said it expects temperatures to warm on Wednesday, they warned of a strong cold front that will hit the state Thursday.
“Clear skies, relaxing winds, and very dry air will set the stage for a brutally cold Thursday night/Friday morning,” the weather service said in an area forecast discussion.
The cold front will also bring strong winds, with gusts expected in Albuquerque of up to 30 mph, according to the weather service.