Westminster, CO, to Rio Rancho, NM Weather

Today, we will drive south and return to Rio Rancho, NM, from Westminster, CO.

This morning has been cold, mostly sunny and still.

The NWS in Boulder, CO, forecasts (for Westminster, CO) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 43 F.  The winds will be 4 mph from the south, becoming calm in the afternoon.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, forecasts (for Rio Rancho, NM) a mostly cloudy night, with a 20% chance of showers, and a low temperature of 34 F.  Winds will be from the east at 15 mph.

The NWS in Albuquerque, NM, has issued several winter weather products, including Winter Storm Warnings along our path.  Thankfully, most of those will expire long before we arrive, as they are set to expire at noon.  The NWS Watches and Warnings graphic is shown below:

Visible satellite imagery shows only a few clouds, but the snow in Colorado is visible.

The surface observations (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) show cold temperatures and low humidity (based on the surface dewpoint depressions) in Colorado, but much higher humidity in New Mexico. The skies are clear and sunny in Colorado, but still overcast in New Mexico.  Winds are light and variable.

The surface pressure chart shows strong high pressure over northeastern Colorado, and a moderate pressure gradient extending through both states.  This high pressure and moderate gradient will remain for at least the next six hours.

The HRRR simulated reflectivity shows that precipitation will decrease through the morning, and we should not run into new precipitation along the way home.  This image has been excluded from today’s post.

We will see our high temperatures around 23 Z, which will be somewhere in northern NM or southern CO, depending on when we leave the house.  Temperatures will only reach into the 40s F today, at the highest.

Provided that the main roads are plowed, this should be a relatively easy trip back, albeit a cold trip home.  By the time we pass through, the precipitation will have ended, and the winter weather advisories lifted.

Thank you for reading my post.

Sources:
The forecasts from the National Weather Service are from The NWS Homepage
The upper air soundings and mesoscale analysis plots are from the Storm Prediction Center website.
The satellite data, model data, and forecasted soundings are from College of DuPage – SATRAD

About highplainschasing

This blog is about my tales in storm chasing. My name is Seth Price and I am an instrumentation instructor at New Mexico Tech. My amateur radio call sign is N3MRA.
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