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Current Conditions

  • 35°
  • Mostly Cloudy
  • Wind: NE 7 mph
  • Humidity: 76%
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Dew Point: 28°
  • Pressure: 30.19 in. +
  • Heat Index: 29

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5 Day Forecast

  • Thursday
  • Rain
  • High: 48 °
  • Low: 23 °
  • Rain
  • Friday
  • Snow
  • High: 39 °
  • Low: 23 °
  • Snow
  • Saturday
  • Chance of Snow
  • High: 37 °
  • Low: 21 °
  • Chance of Snow
  • Sunday
  • Chance of Snow
  • High: 39 °
  • Low: 19 °
  • Chance of Snow
  • Monday
  • Fog
  • High: 54 °
  • Low: 28 °
  • Fog

Forecast for Las Vegas, New Mexico

Updated: 2:00 AM MST on January 29, 2015

  • Thursday

    Overcast with rain showers, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 48F. Winds from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

  • Thursday Night

    Overcast with a chance of snow, then snow after midnight. Low of 23F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60%.

  • Friday

    Overcast with snow and rain, then snow in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 39F with a windchill as low as 16F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 70% with accumulations up to 2 in. possible.

  • Friday Night

    Overcast with snow. Fog overnight. Low of 23F with a windchill as low as 14F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 70% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible.

  • Saturday

    Overcast with a chance of snow, then a chance of snow and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 37F with a windchill as low as 19F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50%.

  • Saturday Night

    Partly cloudy with a chance of snow. Fog overnight. Low of 21F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of snow 50% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible.

  • Sunday

    Clear with a chance of snow and a chance of rain, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 39F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 50% .

  • Sunday Night

    Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 19F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Monday

    Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 54F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 15 mph.

  • Monday Night

    Clear. Low of 28F with a windchill as low as 18F. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Tuesday

    Clear. High of 43F. Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph shifting to the SE in the afternoon.

  • Tuesday Night

    Clear. Low of 27F with a windchill as low as 19F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the WNW after midnight.

  • Wednesday

    Clear. High of 50F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SSE in the afternoon.

  • Wednesday Night

    Clear. Low of 23F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the West after midnight.

  • Thursday

    Clear. High of 45F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Thursday Night

    Clear. Low of 27F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Friday

    Clear. High of 48F. Winds from the West at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Friday Night

    Clear. Low of 28F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Saturday

    Clear. High of 52F. Winds from the West at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Saturday Night

    Clear. Low of 30F with a windchill as low as 23F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Sunday

    Clear. High of 57F. Winds from the West at 5 to 15 mph.

  • Sunday Night

    Clear. Low of 30F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

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

Updated: 11:31 PM MST

Temperature: 41.5 °F Dew Point: 21 °F Humidity: 43% Wind: WSW at 1.1 mph Pressure: 30.36 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 42 °F Graphs

Location: San Geronimo, Las Vegas, NM

Updated: 3:16 AM MST

Temperature: 39.7 °F Dew Point: 17 °F Humidity: 40% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.35 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 40 °F Graphs

Location: Ilfeld, NM

Updated: 3:16 AM MST

Temperature: 36.5 °F Dew Point: 22 °F Humidity: 56% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.72 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 36 °F Graphs

Location: APRSWXNET Ribera NM US, Coruco, NM

Updated: 2:44 AM MST

Temperature: 37 °F Dew Point: 26 °F Humidity: 63% Wind: North at 2 mph Pressure: 30.32 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 37 °F Graphs

Location: APRSWXNET Rociada NM US, Rociada, NM

Updated: 2:45 AM MST

Temperature: 37 °F Dew Point: 24 °F Humidity: 60% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.25 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 37 °F Graphs

Location: Pendaries RV Resort, Rociada, NM

Updated: 3:16 AM MST

Temperature: 35.9 °F Dew Point: 25 °F Humidity: 64% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.95 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 36 °F Graphs

Location: RAWS PECOS NM US, Pecos, NM

Updated: 2:14 AM MST

Temperature: 40 °F Dew Point: 21 °F Humidity: 46% Wind: ENE at 8 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 35 °F Graphs

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NWS Forecaster Discussion




Area forecast discussion...updated 
National Weather Service Albuquerque nm 
1056 PM MST Wednesday Jan 28 2015 


Aviation... 
06z taf cycle 
VFR conditions to continue through at least 19z Thursday...though some 
cloud deck will thicken and lower to a significant degree...espec 
SW three quarters of forecast area. After roughly 20z ceilings may lower 
to MVFR category at least in spots...near to south of a line from 
gup to row. Some higher Montana obscurations as well as spotty -shra 
and high terrain snow will likely develop as well near and south of 
this line from late in the day Thursday. Also...backdoor cold front 
will surge south and west across the plains overnight and push 
through the gaps of the central mts between 10z and 15z Thursday. Some 
of the stronger gap winds may occur near abq with gusts between 30 
and 38kts midday through end of forecast period 06z Friday. 


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Previous discussion...904 PM MST Wednesday Jan 28 2015... 
update... 
updated forecast to tweak quantitative precipitation forecast and snow amounts for the upcoming 
precipitation event based on latest wpc guidance and anomalously 
high model precipitable water forecast. The end result was more quantitative precipitation forecast and greater 
snowfall amounts...mainly across the peaks and Highlands. Latest 
model forecast soundings show snow as the predominant precipitation type 
here at kabq late Thursday night through Saturday...but snow level 
will be close to the the mean elevation of the Albuquerque metropolitan 
and melting is likely. At this time...the heavy snow threat in the 
middle Rio Grande Valley appears limited to high up on the West 
Mesa and along the foothills. Otherwise...forecast on track. 


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Previous discussion...246 PM MST Wednesday Jan 28 2015... 
synopsis... 
much cooler temperatures due in for eastern New Mexico during the 
day on Thursday...with easterly winds blasting through gaps into 
the Rio Grande Valley during the afternoon. Easterly breezes will 
remain in play through Thursday night...as a major West Coast 
storm system drifts into the southwestern U.S. From Thursday night 
Onward into much of the following weekend. Widespread daytime rain 
and high country snow will change over to areas of snow and 
freezing rain through the overnights through the weekend...with 
significant New Mexico impact over several days. With another cold 
front blasting into New Mexico Saturday night into Sunday...rain 
and snow coverage will be forced southward...allowing northern and 
central portions of the state to clear out as the weekend wraps up. 


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Discussion... 
currently...breezy zonal flow aloft across New Mexico this 
afternoon...as quick hitter disturbance slips rapidly across the 
eastern third of the state and produces some gusty winds on the 
way through. Surface pressure generally providing a weak 
configuration between surface dome near The Four Corners 
region...and the surface low and associated trough extending from 
eastern Nebraska south and west across the Texas Panhandle and 
into the West Texas Big Bend country. 


Models...in good agreement through the weekend and all the way out 
to Friday of the following work week. Trough extending along the 
eastern Pacific coastal waters from northern California to well 
offshore the Mexican Baja California California coastline will drift to a 
line from the Idaho Panhandle to Southern California coastal 
waters and near northern Baja California California by Thursday evening. 
Pattern will put substantial southwest flow over New Mexico...with 
sizable moisture and dynamic tap moving into the state. Trough 
will expand rapidly over the southwestern U.S. Through Saturday 
morning...with closed low deepening to the bottom over the Yuma 
area of western Arizona...and New Mexico remaining in a broad 
southwest flow which keeps moving moisture and storm dynamics into 
the state. As storm core weakens modestly...storm center will 
drift south with trough flopping positive from center over the 
central Gulf of California...and trough axis pointing northeast 
across New Mexico by early Sunday morning. Through the day on 
Sunday...trough axis will simply translate southward...as ridge 
from core over the tropical east Pacific extends eastward across 
New Mexico to wind up the weekend. With trough closed low drifting 
slowly across north central New Mexico by early Tuesday...a more 
standardized northwest flow aloft will work into New Mexico north 
of the storm lying to the south. Storm will shear across the Texas 
lower Rio Grande Valley and western Gulf of Mexico by 
midweek...allowing continued northwest flow across New Mexico. 
Trough aloft will buckle over the Rocky Mountains by early 
Thursday and drop cold push into eastern New Mexico by the last 
half of the work week...as upstream ridge from Southern California 
to northwest Canada will make very slow eastward progress while 
remaining over the western border of the U.S. Heading into the 
weekend. 


Overnight...cooler conditions in general with 20s and 30s in for 
lows. Temperatures over the eastern third of the state will run in 
the middle 30s...above freezing...with dips below freezing most 
everyplace else. Generally northwest winds will shift east and 
north across the eastern half of the state...and begin some 
easterly breezes through Central Mountain chain gaps by early 
Thursday morning. 


For Thursday...flow aloft gradually backing to southwest through 
the day in advance of approaching tropical Pacific storm 
system...but surface high pressure over western Kansas will anchor 
broad intrusion of much colder temperatures across much of New 
Mexico. Front will extend from roughly Gallup to the Texas Big 
Bend country...and leave much of eastern New Mexico 2 to 8 degrees 
below late January normal temperatures Thursday afternoon...with 
somewhat warmer conditions remaining in the west. First push of 
tropical storm flow will arrive over the southwest quadrant of New 
Mexico by Thursday afternoon...with rapid expansion across the 
central and south Central Mountain spots by early Thursday 
evening. Evening starts will expand rapidly through Thursday 
night...with rain changing over to snow over the south and 
west...and snowfall progress moving rapidly north and east through 
Thursday night with overnight accumulations. Easterly breezes will 
remain in play from the Central Mountain chain westward to the 
Arizona line as snowfall continues through Thursday night. 


For Friday...storm core moving to the Imperial County deserts of 
Southern California..and adjacent northern portions of Baja California 
California and the adjacent Gulf of California. Diffluent 
southwest flow with significant moisture and dynamics will remain 
solidly over New Mexico...as eastbound cold front will lie from 
southern Arizona across southern New Mexico to the Texas Big Bend 
country...and surface low Parks over southwest Arizona. 
Temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below late January normals over the 
east...and running closer to the single digits below normal over 
the west. Total winter weather event underway for all but the 
extreme east and northeast...and showers will run with somewhat 
reduced coverage in those areas as everyplace all gets a 
significant dousing of rain and snow. Widespread snow Friday will 
continue and expand in area through Friday night...with gradual 
reduction in surface wind speeds easing the blowing snow threat 
through Saturday morning. 


For Saturday...storm core shifting to the northern Gulf of 
California...as surface low shifts to the Phoenix area in central 
Arizona. Widespread rain and snow all day Saturday...before 
conditions start to reduce very gradually in intensity heading 
into Saturday night. Little change to temperatures...with double 
digits below normal over the east...and mostly single digits on 
the cold side over the west. Wind speeds generally light through 
the day...as stalled cold front becomes weak. 


Outlook...Sunday through Tuesday...storm core shifting to southern 
Sonora and southern portions of the Gulf of California in 
northwest Mexico on Sunday...as next cold blast out of the Central 
Plains states dominates eastern New Mexico. Breezes continuing 
Monday...as surface low deepens rapidly over eastern Colorado and 
keeps tight surface pressure gradient over New Mexico. System 
aloft will push ridge form the east Pacific Ocean across all of 
New Mexico on Monday...with flow aloft shifting to the northwest 
on Tuesday...and surface winds picking up northwest directions a 
surface trough from southern Wyoming to southern Texas Panhandle 
dominates the surface pressure charts. Very modest warning trend 
will bring most spots to within a few degrees either way of early 
February normals over New Mexico by Tuesday. 


Shy 


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Fire weather... 
turbulent flow along and east of the sangre Delaware cristo mountains 
today has allowed for brief and localized drops in 
dew points...notably at the Tucumcari Airport where the 20z ob hit 3 
degrees. These conditions should ease this evening as a disturbance 
over central Colorado and the Lee side trough move farther east. A 
backdoor cold front will slide down the east plains 
tonight...providing cooler air and a wind shift. The front will 
reach and push through the gaps of the central mountains early 
Thursday...with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour possible below canyons. 
Temperatures will trend down Thursday due to the front and increased 
cloud cover...becoming slightly above normal west and below normal 
east. Thursday will be the last day for fair to good ventilation 
rates for most of the area...as poor conditions will return Friday 
through the weekend. 


The weather pattern will become colder and wetter late Thursday 
through the weekend as an upper level low approaches the state along 
with a reinforcement of the backdoor front. This system will drag 
abundant subtropical moisture over the entire state...which will 
result in pretty hefty precipitation totals for late January. The 
tricky part will be identifying precipitation type...with battling 
warm moist air aloft and cold low level air from the front. 
Currently forecasting snow levels starting very high Friday...think 
above 9000 to 9500 feet...and gradually lowering through the 
weekend...though portions of the eastern plains could see snow 
earlier. Despite the higher snow levels...significant snowfall 
accumulations are expected for most of the higher terrain of central 
nm. However...confidence is low on significant accumulations for 
terrain within zone 109 where the lack of colder surface air may 
cause more periods of rain or rain/snow mixes than currently 
forecast. The other issue with this system could be flooding 
potential for areas that receive large amounts of rain on an 
existent and fairly significant snow pack. Not thinking it will be an 
issue as current snow packs are low enough in areas of anticipated 
rain to prevent larger concern. Precipitation will slowly 
taper off through the day Sunday...as high temperatures become below 
normal west and well below normal east. 


The upper level low will cut off and dive well south of nm Sunday 
and generally end its impact on nm by Monday. Confidence is growing 
that fire weather conditions will improve through early next 
week....notably ventilation rates. Models are coming in line to 
depict a transition to more progressive northwesterly flow through 
middle week. By Tuesday...temperatures will rebound...becoming near 
normal to slightly below normal...and ventilation rates will become 
fair to good for central portions of the state. Models being to 
diverge towards the late week period...and thus confidence is lower 
during that period. The European model (ecmwf) remains dry as it keeps a potential 
middle week disturbance farther north before slowly transitioning to a 
ridge over the area by the end of the week...which would put a quick 
end to improved vent rates. The GFS...however...has the middle week 
disturbance impacting northeast nm with rain and snow before more 
northerly flow develops aloft at the end of the week...which should 
keep vent rates at manageable levels. 


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Abq watches/warnings/advisories... 
Winter Storm Watch from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon 
for the following zones...nmz507-510>519-522>525-527. 


Winter Storm Watch from late Thursday night through Saturday 
afternoon for the following zones...nmz502-506-508-521-526. 


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