From blazing heat to a sudden winter freeze. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a winter storm watch for northcentral New Mexico including from the Sangre de Cristo and Tusas Mountains to Raton Pass.
So bring your pets and potted plants inside and get the snow shovel ready. Meteorologists are predicting snow from Tuesday night (Sept. 8) into Wednesday afternoon. Snow accumulations of 3-5 inches are possible with closer to 10 inches in upper mountain elevations such as Bobcat Pass. Wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour are predicted as well making for potentially dangerous driving conditions.
From a high near 90 degrees on Labor Day at the Taos Municipal Airport, temperatures in Taos County are expected to dive to 30 degrees or below on Tuesday night with a 100 percent chance of snow. More snow is predicted on Wednesday with a high of 37. Thursday and Friday will warm up with a chance of rain showers through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
Power outages and tree damage are possible due to ice and strong winds.
Keep an emergency light supply - flashlights or candles – nearby. Charge your cell phones. Avoid unnecessary travel on impacted roads.