Big Winter Storm To Close Out 2010

Big Winter Storm To Close Out 2010

POSTED: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 11:55am

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 11:58am

Image: Sun Bowl Game Forecast for Friday

Big time upper level trough if projected to develop and push a blast of Arctic air our way for the Thursday to Friday time period. This storm is currently gathering itself over the Northwest United States. Models sweep it in starting late tomorrow. We'll see extreme wind gusts into the Thursday time period along with modest rain chances for the lowlands. Snow is likely for the mountain regions, with several inches possible. Here is the upper level atmospheric set-up for late Thursday:

As of Tuesday morning, the El Paso National Weather Service office has issued a High Wind Watch for much of the Border regions of Texas and Southern New Mexico. Wind gusts may exceed 60 miles per hour on Thursday during the day.

When the storm finally pulls out of here Friday, a big chill takes over, just in time for the New Year's holiday. It's likely we'll see the coldest temperatures of the winter season thus far. Friday temps may not break out of the lower 40s. That night, we could see lows in the teens across El Paso and Las Cruces. Break out the big winter clothing!

Viewer photos:

We've got a couple of great photos of Borderland sunrises last few days:
Cesar Holguin caught the sun up in the Lower Valley this morning (Tuesday morning):

Kevin McCaslin snapped this sunrise picture in Las Cruces Monday morning:

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