8th grade students from Eastside Preparatory School in Kirkland, WA, play with a flying disc at the Cross of the Martyrs on Monday, March 26, 2018. The school was visiting Santa Fe as part of an Education Beyond the Classroom program. The weather forecast calls for snow on Tuesday morning. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican.
The first snowstorm of spring was forecast for Tuesday for Santa Fe and the mountains of Northern New Mexico.
A winter weather advisory was posted by the National Weather Service for the San Juan, Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountains.
About an inch of snow will accumulate Tuesday in the Santa Fe metro area, according to the National Weather Service. The high temperature was projected to be in the mid-40s to lower 50s. Southeast winds from 20 mph to 30 mph, with gusts to about 40 mph, were forecast.
In the San Juan, Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountains, up to 8 inches of snow were forecast for elevations above 7,500 feet.
The spring storm was expected to make a quick exit, with temperatures climbing into the mid-60s to lower 70s by week’s end in the Santa Fe metro area.
Nearly all of New Mexico continues to suffer drought, with the most extreme conditions in the northern part of the state, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.
And conditions may get worse before they get better.
The three-month forecast for New Mexico by the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center calls for below-normal precipitation and above-normal temperatures