Tracking A Major Winter Storm
POSTED: Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 1:44pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 3:04pm
Image: Microcast Computer Model for Friday Midday
We've seen three upper level storms, all powered by an El Niño induced upper level Jetstream with winds near 200 miles per hour. Storm one and two has passed, but now storm three is pummeling California and Arizona. Numerous flood watches and warnings, snow advisories, blizzard watches, and other types of rain and snow advisories have been posted for the Southwest U.S. Locally this storm will swing into the area tonight, tomorrow, and early Saturday. It promises to bring rain to nearly everyone in the Borderland, along with up to a foot of snow in the Sacramento Mountains and parts of the Gila Wilderness. Anyone traveling west over the next 2 or 3 days (along I-10) for example should prepare for a dangerous drive. We may even see some snow here locally in El Paso & Las Cruces. Storm timeline: Today: Breezy, mild, with clouds increasing toward this afternoon. A stray shower possible through the day, but most rain chances will hold off until tonight and tomorrow. Friday & Saturday: Heavy rain for the Gila changing to snow with snow in the Sacramento Mountains as well. Scattered rain and maybe even a rumble of thunder. Clouds and strong gusty winds both days. Friday night into early Saturday we could see a few snow flakes as well. Mountain areas may see several inches of snow. Rain with some snow mixing in during the day Saturday. Storm starts to tapper off Saturday night. Sunday to next week Wednesday: Dry Sunday to Tuesday with a warming trend. Next storm hits on Wednesday next week. We'll keep track of this storm, expect updates on Newschannel 9, via our twitter account, http://twitter.com/nc9, and as always here on KTSM.com.