Fall is less than one week old but forecasters are already calling for winter weather — at least for the highest elevations of northern New Mexico.
The National Weather Service’s outlook for the upcoming weekend includes the first forecast for mountain snows for southern Colorado and the highest elevations of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.
A cold, slow-moving storm is projected to arrive across northern New Mexico Thursday and Friday bringing the state’s first snow of the season to mountain peaks above 11,000 feet. Forecasters project above 8″ of snow in the southern end of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains which serve as the headwaters for the Pecos River. 2″ – 6″ are projected for mountain areas outside Taos, Angel Fire and Chama.
The rest of New Mexico is also expected to get precipitation Thursday and Friday. Albuquerque has an 80-percent chance of rain Thursday with decreasing chances of rain throughout the weekend.