POSTED: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 11:19am
UPDATED: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 11:34am
Video: Today and Next Week Monday's Upper Air Setup
A series of cold plunges continues to rake their way across the western states. A general change in our weather pattern will come in gradations. We had one cold front push in this past Tuesday with another storm/cold front moving in today. The upper air weather pattern (see animation above) showing a trough or dip in the jetstream right over the West and Southwest today. Behind it another trough is forming in the Pacific Northwest. This current batch of colder air will slide temperatures below normal for Friday and the weekend with a likely widespread freeze both Friday and Saturday night. The storm over the Northwest will drag a cold front our way for Monday....which might even squeeze out a rain shower for the region. The air behind that front will be even colder, with a hard freeze likely in El Paso & Las Cruces by Monday night into Tuesday morning.
With the coldest air of the season making it's way into the Borderland, we wanted to give you a look at the average first freeze for many Borderland locations. Note that we're already past the first freeze date in all areas:
Update for the leaf peepers in the region. We have the latest color forecast for the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. It might be a tad cool this weekend, but still a great time to enjoy a little Fall color: