...Near to subfreezing low temperatures over portions of north and west central New Mexico early Friday...
A dry and chilly air mass will invade New Mexico today...setting the stage for the most widespread occurrence of near to subfreezing temperatures so far this season late tonight and early Friday. The area impacted...with some exceptions due to terrain variations and in larger urban areas...will include locales generally north of a line from near Clayton to Vaughn...Los Lunas and Fence Lake. Generally... in the southern portions of this area low temperatures early Friday will be in the 30s to lower 40s with only the lowest dips and valleys approaching or briefly reaching the freezing mark. This would include some of the more agriculturally sensitive locales as the far northeast plains...Harding County...eastern San Miguel County... Guadalupe County...Central Highlands...Estancia valley...Santa Fe and valley areas of the Albuquerque Metro as well as the northwest plateau and lower Chama River Valley. Elsewhere...many spots will reach the 20s to mid 30s for a few hours.
Minimums Friday night could be close to those expected tonight...so a repeat of near or subfreezing temperatures is possible before a warming trend begins Saturday.
Those with sensitive plants or having other freeze sensitive concerns across northern and west central New Mexico should prepare for the chilly temperatures tonight and possibly Friday night.