CLOVIS (KSMX)- Bundle up! Record-breaking temperatures for this time of year are here for the week.
Unseasonable to record-breaking cold temperatures will dominate northern and central New Mexico this week, as northerly upper winds reinforce a modified Arctic air mass in place over the region.
It will get even colder tonight and Wednesday as another modified Arctic blast surges into New Mexico on gusty north winds. Wednesday’s highs will be 25-40 degrees colder than normal, with highs ranging from
the 20s and 30s east and north to mostly 40s southwest.
In addition to the cold, freezing drizzle, freezing fog and light snow will develop over the east Tuesday night and Wednesday. This includes the Interstate 40 corridor from Clines Corners to the Texas border, Interstate 25 from Glorieta Pass to Raton Pass, and U.S. 64 from Raton to Capulin. While ice and snow accumulations are expected to be minimal, the travel impacts could be hazardous.
Wednesday night will feature mid-winter-like temperatures, with near-record to record lows ranging from around 20 degrees below zero to the single digits above zero across most of the north with teens south. Wind chill readings across north-central and northeast New Mexico will vary from near zero to about 30 degrees
Temperatures will slowly rebound on Thursday and Friday, except in the Northeast and East Central plains where another cold front is expected Friday.
Take precautions to prevent freezing of irrigation systems and other outdoor plumbing, and ensure pets have warm shelter and unfrozen water.