Unusually cold October temperatures on the way
Maybe there’s something to this El Niño thing. The first blast of winter, including predictions of up to 2 feet of snow on the higher Sangre de Cristo peaks, is expected for Northern and Central New Mexico this weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.
A strong “backdoor cold front” — one that approaches from the east or northeast — will push into the area Saturday night and move southwest Sunday, the Weather Service said in a statement Friday.
The Weather Service said temperatures behind the front are expected to be well below normal for mid-October. By Monday, highs could be 20 to 35 degrees below normal, with winds making it seem even colder.
In addition to a few feet on the high mountains, several inches over other high-terrain locations are possible by Monday night, the Weather Service said.
On Sunday night, snow levels will drop significantly “to include most lower elevation locales near and north of Interstate 40, including the Albuquerque and Santa Fe Metro areas,” according to the Weather Service, but any snow in the metro areas should be limited to elevated, grassy areas because of warm ground temperatures.