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Winter weather on the way

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Two weather systems heading for New Mexico will bring winter-like precipitation and possibly a hard freeze to the southeast part of the state early next week.

“We’ve got a storm that will be coming down from the northwest and it will intensify as we get into the weekend and will continue to strengthen early next week. At the same time, we’re going to have a strong backdoor cold front that comes through and gives us a big change to colder temperatures,” Chuck Jones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said.

Temperatures will begin to cool down Friday with a forecast high of 63 degrees. Saturday and Sunday, temperatures will rebound into the 80s before the storm and cold front move in.

They will bring rain that could mix with some freezing rain or sleet late Sunday night, Jones said. Winds will be about 10 to 20 mph with some higher gusts possible.

Temperatures will drop to near freezing overnight Sunday into Monday morning, which could make for some hazardous driving conditions.

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The storm will linger and bring a continued chance of rain and again possibly freezing rain or sleet through at least Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday, Jones said.

Highs Monday and Tuesday will be in the mid-40s.

A hard freeze — when temperatures reach 28 degrees or lower for at least a few hours — is possible, as low temperatures both Monday and Tuesday are forecast at 28 degrees.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.