A winter we ather pattern that arrived last night is expected to bring sleet, snow and freezing temperatures to Roswell into the weekend.
“It’s going to be pretty chilly,” said Chris Luckett, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.
NWS predicts the region will only reach 32 degrees today and Saturday, and drop to the low 30s or upper 20s at night.
The city has a 50 percent chance to receive a wintery mix of freezing rain and sleet today, with an accumulation of sleet expected to reach half an inch, Luckett said. The sleet may continue through the night.
Two weather systems have collided over the state, creating cold arctic air and a wintery mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow.
A backdoor cold front from the East is interacting with a low-pressure system from the West that has brought the moisture, Luckett said.
Today’s moisture and freezing weather is going to continue into the night. A wintery mix of freezing rain and sleet is expected to continue Saturday, with a high of 32 degrees predicted.
“By Saturday night, the mix is going to change over to snow and sleet,” Luckett said.
The low temperature Saturday night is forecast to drop to 26.
Conditions should change by Sunday. NWS forecasters are calling for a 60 percent chance of snow, with a high of 37 degrees. The snow might taper off by Sunday night, Luckett said.
The Ruidoso area is expected to see a 50 to 70 percent chance of snow throughout the weekend.
“I’d say from Friday night until Monday night there’s a pretty good chance they could see some snow out of this,” Luckett said.