Windy weather returns for several days

Grant’s Friday Night Forecast

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – We saw a break in the winds on Friday, but it is short-lived. Strong winds are starting to return this weekend and will persist through next week.

Finally, a break in windy weather Friday across New Mexico as a ridge of high pressure moves across the state. While the weather was calm today, this is short-lived as it becomes more active again from Saturday.

West-southwest winds will pick up Saturday afternoon with windy to windy conditions across the state as temperatures climb well above average for this time of year. Unfortunately, this will again lead to a very high fire hazard statewide. Winds are picking up even higher on Sunday afternoon, bringing a high fire risk across much of New Mexico.

A storm system will pass north of New Mexico through the middle of next week, causing wind speeds to increase through Tuesday. These winds will also continue to bring very high fire danger across the state through at least the middle of the week.

This storm system will sweep a cold front across New Mexico on Tuesday, bringing much colder air to the state. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to add much in terms of humidity. Rain is likely in southern Colorado on Tuesday, and potentially even in the northern half of New Mexico. Some snow will also be possible on the northern mountain peaks. A majority of the state will remain dry.

Winds will finally start to subside on Thursday next week as temperatures slowly rebound through the end of the week.