An upper Low & wave sweep clouds and numerous rain showers & mountain snow into the Borderland
Clouds and moisture continue to push in from Pacific storm system, which originated in the Baja of California. This upper level low and wave will continue to produce widespread rain and mountain snow as they track east over northern Mexico.
Cold air keeps flowing in from the northeast behind last night’s cold front. The chill will remain in the air with El Paso only topping out around 47º and Las Cruces around 45º.
We can expect more isolated showers in El Paso and Las Cruces early and then numerous widespread showers pushing in by midday. The rain showers will range from light to moderate to heavy rain at times. This off/on again rain will remain over the Borderland tonight through possibly as late as early Sunday morning.
The winds will remain in then breezy range to the low end windy category on the west side of the Area Mountains.
The Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the southern Sacramento Mountains and the Black Range Mountains of the Gila Wilderness until midnight Saturday for the heavy snow potential.
Some lowland locations could see a three day rain total of .50” to over 1.25” and some higher elevation in the southern New Mexico Mountains could see 8” to 10+” above the 7,000 foot level!
On Saturday we will see a little less coverage of rain and mountain snow as the various models try and bring a dry slot across the region.
On Sunday we may see some leftover showers across the area in the morning hours. The upper low, the producer of all this rain, tracks south and east of us in northern Mexico into south central Texas. There will be an upper level flow of drier air from the northwest starting to clear the Borderland skies by Sunday afternoon into next week.
The temperatures will remain cool and slightly below normal both Sunday and Monday.
Chuck DeBroder, Chief Meteorologist
KTSM, NewsChannel 9, NBC, El Paso, TX
915-532-5421 ext. 267