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Current Conditions

  • 38°
  • Rain
  • Wind: North 16 mph
  • Humidity: 93%
  • Visibility: 7.0 miles
  • Dew Point: 36°
  • Pressure: 29.94 in. +
  • Heat Index: 29

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5 Day Forecast

  • Sunday
  • Snow
  • High: 39 °
  • Low: 28 °
  • Snow
  • Monday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 54 °
  • Low: 32 °
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Tuesday
  • Clear
  • High: 63 °
  • Low: 38 °
  • Clear
  • Wednesday
  • Clear
  • High: 70 °
  • Low: 41 °
  • Clear
  • Thursday
  • Clear
  • High: 75 °
  • Low: 44 °
  • Clear

Forecast for Las Vegas, New Mexico

Updated: 5:14 PM MDT on April 30, 2016

Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 6 PM MDT Sunday...
  • Tonight

    Breezy. Rain and snow. Snow accumulation 1 to 3 inches. Lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Caution advised on area lakes.

  • Sunday

    Breezy. Rain and snow likely in the morning...then numerous thunderstorms with rain and snow showers in the afternoon. Snow accumulation 1 or 2 inches. Total snow accumulation 3 to 5 inches. Highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph decreasing to 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 35 mph. Caution advised on area lakes.

  • Sunday Night

    Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain and snow showers in the evening...then chance of snow after midnight. Snow accumulation around 1 inch. Lows in the mid 20s to lower 30s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

  • Monday

    Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Not as cool. Highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s. South winds 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

  • Monday Night

    Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Lows in the upper 20s to mid 30s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph in the evening.

  • Tuesday

    Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Warmer. Highs in the 60s.

  • Tuesday Night

    Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers. Lows in the mid 30s to lower 40s.

  • Wednesday

    Partly cloudy. Warmer. Highs in the lower to mid 70s.

  • Wednesday Night

    Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s.

  • Thursday

    Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s.

  • Thursday Night

    Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the 40s.

  • Friday

    Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Breezy. Highs in the 70s.

  • Friday Night

    Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Windy. Lows in the lower to mid 40s.

  • Saturday

    Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Breezy. Highs in the 60s.

Severe Weather Alert Descriptions

 Winter Weather Advisory  Statement as of 4:37 PM MDT on April 30, 2016


... Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 6 PM MDT Sunday...

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Winter
Weather Advisory for snow... which is in effect until 6 PM MDT
Sunday.

* Snow accumulations... 2 to 5 inches... except 4 to 8 inches in the
Chuska Mountains. Locally higher amounts on east facing slopes
of elevated terrain.

* Timing... rain and snow early this evening will change over to
all snow by late this evening. Periods of moderate to heavy snow
are expected late tonight into Sunday morning... before the snow
decreases in coverage and intensity Sunday afternoon.

* Winds... northeast and east at 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts in
the northeast and far northeast Highlands... and around Taos.
Southeast winds are expected across the Chuska Mountains and in
Taos.

* Snow levels... starting above 8500 feet during the early
evening... will drop to valley bottoms by late tonight. The snow
level will then lift to near 7000 feet across northeast areas
Sunday afternoon... and to near 8500 feet across the Chuska
Mountains.

* Local impacts... roads will become snow packed and icy. Some
blowing and drifting of snow is expected. The visibility will
drop below a half mile at times tonight during periods of
heavy snow.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow
will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow
covered roads and limited visibilities.






Personal Weather Stations

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Location: East Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NM

Updated: 8:21 PM MDT

Temperature: 46.8 °F Dew Point: 37 °F Humidity: 68% Wind: North at - Pressure: 29.70 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.01 in Windchill: 47 °F Graphs

Location: North 8th. Street Extension, Las Vegas, NM

Updated: 8:23 PM MDT

Temperature: 39.7 °F Dew Point: 35 °F Humidity: 84% Wind: WSW at 5.4 mph Pressure: 30.15 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.04 in Windchill: 36 °F Graphs

Location: San Geronimo, Las Vegas, NM

Updated: 8:23 PM MDT

Temperature: 40.8 °F Dew Point: 26 °F Humidity: 55% Wind: East at 6.0 mph Pressure: 29.77 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.01 in Windchill: 37 °F Graphs

Location: State Route 97, Watrous, NM

Updated: 8:20 PM MDT

Temperature: 38.1 °F Dew Point: 34 °F Humidity: 86% Wind: North at - Pressure: 29.76 in Hourly Precipitation: - Windchill: 38 °F Graphs

Location: Eagle Ridge, Ilfeld, NM

Updated: 8:21 PM MDT

Temperature: 46.8 °F Dew Point: 36 °F Humidity: 67% Wind: NNE at 3.2 mph Pressure: 29.60 in Hourly Precipitation: - Windchill: 46 °F Graphs

Location: Ilfeld, NM

Updated: 8:23 PM MDT

Temperature: 47.7 °F Dew Point: 37 °F Humidity: 67% Wind: ENE at 4.9 mph Pressure: 30.27 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 46 °F Graphs

Location: APRSWXNET, Coruco, NM

Updated: 8:04 PM MDT

Temperature: 52 °F Dew Point: 35 °F Humidity: 53% Wind: NE at 4 mph Pressure: 29.89 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: - Graphs

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NWS Forecaster Discussion




Area forecast discussion...updated 
National Weather Service Albuquerque nm 
545 PM MDT Sat Apr 30 2016 


Aviation... 
00z taf cycle 
upper low centered over SW Arizona at 23z will move slowly to eastern Arizona 
by 01/16z. At the same time...surface high pressure will build southward 
through the eastern plains with some northerly wind gusts to 35kt...and result 
in very strong Ely winds into the rgv especially from the kskx 
vicinity southward through kabq and konm. While the peak gusts to around 
50-55kt expected to occur in the vicinity of kabq 01/05z-12z an 
overall southeast low level wind to persist through 01/18z. Otherwise...mts 
to be at least occasionally obscured in scattered showers/thunderstorms central 
and west...and terrain to become obscured in MVFR to IFR ceilings/visibility 
in -rasn br from east slopes central Montana chain across the eastern plains 
as the front pushes southward. 


&& 


Previous discussion...350 PM MDT Sat Apr 30 2016... 
..rare damaging east wind event expected in the Albuquerque 
metropolitan area late this evening through Sunday morning... 


Synopsis... 
a low pressure system slowly approaching New Mexico from the west 
will draw a powerful back door cold front through the state 
tonight. Potentially damaging east winds overtopping the central 
mountains will slam into the Albuquerque metropolitan area with sustained 
speeds from 35 to 60 miles per hour and gusts up to 75 miles per hour late this evening 
into Sunday morning. Much of the remainder of central New Mexico 
will feel gusts up to 55 miles per hour...including Santa Fe. The storm will 
also produce up to 15 inches of snow accumulation tonight through 
Sunday in parts of the northern mountains...with a few to several 
inches in the surrounding Highlands and valleys...as well as the 
west central mountains. The storm will exit northeast of the area 
Sunday night with weaker winds...a lingering chance of 
precipitation and the potential for a late season freeze in some 
locations. 


&& 


Discussion... 
numerical model guidance is in very good agreement on the 
likelihood of damaging east winds in the Albuquerque metropolitan area 
tonight into Sunday morning. Models have been forecasting very 
strong winds for several days now...giving US high confidence in 
this climatologically rare occurrence. All of eastern 
Albuquerque...including the Northeast Heights and 
foothills...will be impacted by these very strong winds as 30-35 knots 
east to southeast flow at 700 mb overtops the Sandia Mountains. Downslope 
acceleration on the Lee side of the mountains will likely result 
in some gusts reaching near 75 miles per hour. 


Models are also painting a clearer picture of the upper level low 
pressure system opening into a trough as it crosses northern New 
Mexico late Sunday and exits east Sunday night. Abundant low level 
moisture...cold air delivered with the front and strong upper 
level dynamics will come together for several inches of late 
season snow in the northern and western mountains. I-25 will be 
impacted from Santa Fe to the Colorado border...as well as I-40 
crossing the Continental Divide. There is some concern that the 
northwest mountains could receive warning criteria snow near 1 
foot...too. Later shifts will monitor the winter weather 
advisories being issued there and upgrade as needed. 


GFS and European model (ecmwf) are still at odds on whether a middle level ridge or 
upper level trough will be the dominating weather feature through 
the early part of the coming work week. Even if the GFS ridge is 
right...there may be enough moisture to recycle for daily rounds 
of showers and thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday as the weather 
gradually warms above sundays cold readings. Models agree on the 
ridge becoming dominant around middle week. 


44 


&& 


Fire weather... 
no significant fire weather concerns through Wednesday...then 
increasing chances of critical fire weather conditions late next 
week. 


The next upper level closed low is along the California...Arizona border this 
afternoon. It will move across Arizona tonight then weaken as it turns 
northeast over The Four Corners region Sunday. Showers will continue 
to form this afternoon and evening and be widespread tonight and 
Sunday...along with a few thunderstorms. Snow will fall over the 
western and especially northern mountains with substantial snowfall 
in the sangre Delaware cristo mountains. 


But the snow may not be the biggest story later tonight into Sunday. 
The current set of numerical guidance is even a little stronger with 
their wind forecasts for Albuquerque. With the upper low centered 
over Arizona and a tightening surface gradient...east winds will 
increase dramatically during the overnight hours and a significant 
to major gap wind event will impact the central valleys. This could 
be an over the top event for the Rio Grande Valley...which would 
mean strong to high winds over a bit larger area than currently 
forecast. 700 mb flow steadily increases with southeast winds of 40 
knots early Sunday morning. We will continue with the current wind 
advisories...and the High Wind Warning for the middle Rio Grande 
Valley...the most impact expected across eastern Albuquerque. 


Much cooler highs are forecast for all zones Sunday but especially 
so east of the central mountains. Wetting precipitation is expected 
at most locations but will favor western and northern zones. 


The cool and moist conditions continue into Monday and Tuesday as 
the upper low weakens and moves east with a trailing weaker wave 
crossing northern zones on Tuesday. Wetting precipitation though 
will be hard to come by early in the week. Temperatures begin 
trending up some Monday and Tuesday...but still below normal. 


An upper level ridge develops in the wake of this activity Wednesday 
while another strong upper low approaches the West Coast. Highs 
continue to warm Wednesday...finally reaching near normal values. 
Residual moisture could trigger a few showers over central or 
eastern zones. 


Temperatures increase again on Thursday as the ridge axis moves east 
of the state and a middle level dry slot with southwest surface winds 
develop ahead of the next system. Spotty critical fire weather 
conditions are possible across the west on Thursday. Stronger winds 
and a continued dry airmass will expand the coverage of critical 
conditions to more of the west and the central areas on Friday. 
Dryline convection will be possible late next week as well. 


Looks like the weekend could be impacted by another closed low with 
cooler temperatures...showers in the north...and gusty winds across 
the south. Critical fire conditions will be a concern for the east 
Central Plains on Saturday. 


Ventilation to be generally good or better for much of the forecast 
period...except for a broad area of poor to fair values in the east 
on Monday...and over the far northeast on Wednesday. 


Chj 


&& 


Abq watches/warnings/advisories... 
Winter Weather Advisory until 6 PM MDT Sunday for the following 
zones... nmz502-510-512-516-527>529. 


Winter Storm Warning until 6 PM MDT Sunday for the following 
zones... nmz513>515. 


Wind Advisory from 11 PM this evening to noon MDT Sunday for the 
following zones... nmz504-507-518-520-521-524. 


High Wind Warning from 11 PM this evening to noon MDT Sunday for 
the following zones... nmz519. 


Winter Weather Advisory until 6 PM MDT Sunday for the following 
zones... nmz506-511. 


&& 


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