Winter storm brings first cool days of fall

Staff and Wire Report

After thunderstorms, that included a late afternoon deluge Wednesday, Portales residents woke to low, gray skies Thursday and the first cold temperatures of the season.

With temperatures in the 40’s all day Thursday and light rain and variable winds, wind-chill readings had folks thinking winter weather. Despite the chill in the air, according to temperatures posted on The Weather Channel Web site for Cannon Air Force Base showed that it was still far from record lows. The low for Thursday was listed as 41 while the record low for the date was 31. Average high and low temperatures for the date were well above yesterday’s temperatures, however. The high Wednesday was 48 while the average high was 79. The average low was 48 degrees.

Precipitation was good on Wednesday with Duane Ryan and KENW-TV in Portales reporting .68” from the late afternoon storm. The slow drizzle Thursday had only produced .04” of precipitation by 5 p.m.

Cannon Air Force Base reported .12” in the last 24 hours at 6 p.m. Thursday.

New Mexico should have quieter weather Friday as high pressure builds over the state, the National Weather Service said.

A significant storm might develop over the Southwest late this weekend and cross New Mexico early next week, causing unsettled and cool weather across the state Sunday through Tuesday.

A strong cold front blasted across the eastern plains overnight Wednesday, spilling into the central sections of the state and churning up east wind gusting to around 55 mph.

The blustery weather caused the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to cancel a mass ascension of special shape balloons early Thursday.