Dry and unseasonably/record warm conditions today and Saturday will be replaced by dramatically colder temperatures, strong winds and widespread precipitation starting Saturday night and continuing into Tuesday. A potent upper level storm will deepen as it moves southeast along the California coast early this weekend and into Sonora, Mexico early next week. A potent back-door cold front will blast south and west into eastern New Mexico Saturday night, then spill into the Rio Grande Valley late Saturday night and Sunday morning. These gap winds will be potentially damaging. Much colder air will follow the front. Precipitation will begin Saturday into the northwest then spread south and east Saturday night into Tuesday with a wintry mix. The Monday morning commute could be tricky in many locales.
Expect snow favoring the northern mountains.
Snow levels increasing to above 7,000 feet west of the central mountain chains, with occasional snow over the eastern plains most of the day.
Stay up-to-date on Winter Weather with NOAA Weather Radio, your local media outlets, weather.gov/abq and our twitter page @NWSAlbuquerque.