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Southwest Gets A New Blanket of Snow

A fresh, white coating of snowfall has blanketed much of the Southwest U.S. just in time for Thanksgiving! Total snow amounts were not substantial (above) but ranged from 3-6″ at the mountain peaks and 1-3″ in areas known as the foothills.

Severe Outlook

There is a general outlook for storms in southern New Mexico today and into the evening hours. There could be some gusty wind and small hail with cold air aloft.

Forecast Timing

Higher elevation snow will be possible over Raton Pass at the border of New Mexico and Colorado, as well as the foothills and mountains west/southwest of Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

By the very early hours of Thursday morning, southeastern portions of Arizona and southwestern portions of New Mexico are expected to encounter some light to moderate shower activity.

Accumulations

Wednesday through Friday afternoon, several inches of snow is likely, especially in the higher elevations.

Temperatures

Thursday morning is the best opportunity for the below freezing temperatures but the moisture should be finished by this point.

Any snow that does manage to accumulate in the lower elevations, looks to melt with the sunshine Thursday afternoon with highs back above freezing.

Climatology

The snow that is on the way for southern Colorado and New Mexico isn’t out of the normal or average for this time of year. In fact, Denver broke the record for the latest measurable snowfall with none so far this year. Unfortunately for snow lovers, there is only a small chance with this system to see accumulation in the Mile High City.

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Taban Sharifi grew up in Southern California between Los Angeles and San Diego. She is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) with the American Meteorological Society (AMS). She has a B.S. in Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Environmental Sciences with a minor in Environmental Systems and Society from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Go Bruins! While in school, Taban was a meteorology... Load More intern with NBC LA. There she helped forecast daily weather for the greater Los Angeles region and created a playbook to deploy weather sensors for NBC owned-and-operated stations across the country. Her first on-air job took her to San Angelo, Texas, where she was a morning meteorologist and co-anchor. Working in West Texas gave her knowledge and experience covering severe storms. From there, she moved to Palm Springs, California. People think forecasting in California is sunshine all the time, but with temperatures in the 120’s, wildfires, damaging winds, floodings, and earthquakes, the forecasting kept her very busy! She also worked there as a general assignment reporter and told community stories. Taban is excited for the challenge and opportunity to forecast nationally with WeatherNation. She also looks forward to exploring all that Colorado has to offer!