Factor in Strong Winds and Cooler Air into your Weekend Outdoor Plans
POSTED: Friday, March 14, 2014 - 11:46am
UPDATED: Friday, March 14, 2014 - 12:27pm
A couple weather systems kick up the winds and a cold front dives in Sunday
Friday, March 14th, 2014 — I always answer many Face Book messages and emails each week, especially this time of year asking me if the wind, rain or a surprise temperature drop will ruin people’s outdoor plans. I get many invites to people’s cookouts, birthday parties, quinceaneras and weddings. I greatly appreciate the invitations, but I think some people want to have me show up as some sort of good luck charm so their celebration will be safe from any bad weather! Sometimes I wish I had such magical powers!
I thought in today’s “Weather Talk” I would give a briefing on the variety of weather we will see this weekend into next week. This should help people with their outdoor plans and give us all something to look forward to temperature wise next week.
We have four weather features impacting our borderland weather this weekend into next week. The first low pressure system is moving out of Arizona and across New Mexico Friday afternoon into early Saturday. This system is responsible for our breezy to windy range winds today and through the overnight. Most of the moisture associated moisture will stay to the north of the metro areas, but there will be enough to produce a few showers to the Gila Wilderness Region tonight and over the Sacramento Mountains late tonight into early Saturday morning.
A second low pressure system pushes into our region from the north producing windy conditions again on Saturday. It is tracking in from the north, headed towards the southeast. This system will keep the wind speeds up across our region and produce some snow showers mainly on the eastern slopes of the southern Sacramento Mountains Saturday night into late Sunday morning. There may be 2 to 3 inches in some locations above the 6500 foot level.
This system will help pull in a strong cold front from the east-northeast Saturday night. This front will produce possible 45+ mph winds with stronger gusts on the western slopes. The colder air mixing in will drop Sunday’s high temperatures some 10 to 12 degrees from Saturday’s high temperatures.
A ridge of high pressure will warm our temperatures back above average into mid 70’s Monday. Another upper level wave will travel in from the west producing breezy to windy range winds late Monday. A weak cold front will kick up the winds and drop the temperatures 5 or so degrees again late St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, into Wednesday. The ridge of high pressure builds in stronger and along with westerly winds will warm Thursday and Friday into the upper 70’s to near the 80º mark.
Now if you have outdoor plans this weekend you will have to factor in the wind. Sunday you will have to wear a jacket during the morning hours and after the sun goes down. St Patrick’s Day, Tuesday will be a bit gusty, but warm. The Vernal “spring” equinox is at 10:57 A.M.. MDT Thursday, March 20th. The weather will feel very much like the spring season with a high temperature in the upper 70’s.
There you have a jump start on the next week’s forecast. Weather is ever changing and weather systems can speed up or slow down so stay tuned to NewsChannel 9 or keep up to date at www.ktsm.com/weather. Despite our variety of weather, have an excellent weekend!