Winter Is Not Done
POSTED: Monday, February 22, 2010 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 22, 2010 - 12:56pm
Image: 06z Microcast Computer Model Valid 7AM Tuesday
As of 1 PM, the National Weather Service has upgraded most of the Winter Storm Watches to Warnings, meaning snow will happen tonight and tomorrow. In addition to this, the lowlands now are included in a Winter Weather Advisory. Between a dusting to 3 inches of snow may occur in El Paso, Doña Ana, Luna, Hidalgo Counties, and the lowlands of Otero County. This includes El Paso, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, and Deming. Snow will likely fall between 5 AM and Noon Tuesday. Stick with Newschannel 9 for the latest. And for more on this storm, see below.
A potent winter weather system is moving toward the Borderland for this evening, tonight, and early tomorrow.
Weather looks to go downhill through the day in the Borderland. Cool temperatures, gusty winds, and tons of clouds will be around in the Borderland through Monday afternoon. A spotty rain shower cannot be ruled out late this afternoon, with better rain chances this evening. Overnight, cold air will rush in behind a cold front, that will allow spotty rain showers to change over to snow. The heaviest snow values will occur in the mountain areas, where up to a foot of snow accumulation will be possible. Watch out if you're traveling to the local mountains today and tomorrow.
Winter Storm Watches And Warnings As Of Noon Monday:
Travel impacts may also be felt in the Tularosa Basin and east of the region in parts of Hudspeth and Culberson Counties. Winter storm watches (in yellow) and Winter Storm Warnings (in red) have been posted by the National Weather Service for areas that may see snow through tomorrow afternoon. This includes Alamogordo, Dell City, Sierra Blanca, Guadalupe Pass, Cloudcroft, Ruidoso, and other mountain towns.
Weatherbug Image Of Snow At The Inn Of The Mountain Gods, 11:30 AM Monday:
Snow already fell last night in the Sacramento Mountains, with reports of 3 inches near Cloudcroft. You can see the snow near Ruidoso in the image above.
06z Microcast Rain Totals Prediction Model Through Noon Tuesday:
Expect rain totals in the Borderland lowlands to generally fall under a quarter inch between now and tomorrow morning. During the early morning hours (between 5AM and 7AM) the rain showers will change to snow in most areas. Impacts will be limited, with no more than a dusting likely in El Paso and Las Cruces. Though some local spots may see a tad more snow, especially in NE El Paso and East El Paso.
This latest winter storm moves out of here by Tuesday evening, with clear skies, and cold conditions. Expect a few more storms later this week, one a wind maker around Thursday/Friday with another rain/snow maker for the weekend. Stay tuned to Newschannel 9 & KTSM.com for the latest!