Front brings winds and chilly temps

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By The Staff

With the fall season barely a month old, a front blew through the Los Alamos area yesterday delivering gusty winds, along with a mix of snow and sleet later in the day. The arrival of the weather system was in stark contrast to the fairly mild conditions that have been experienced during the last week or so.

After reaching a high of 54 around midday Monday, as the front blew in temperatures began to drop and wind speeds picked up with gusts up to 40 mph recorded by 12:30 p.m. at Los Alamos Airport. The highest wind gust came about 4:30 p.m. that was clocked at 43 mph. That was also about the same time the snow and sleet mix was falling in most areas of Los Alamos.

The first freeze of the season was recorded at 1:10 a.m. this morning as the mercury officially dipped to 32 at the airport. By 6:50 a.m., the temperature hit a low of 30. Windy conditions are also on tap again for much of the area Wednesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service is calling for winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts possible to
45 mph.

Conditions are expected to moderate through the rest of the week, with highs in the low to mid 60s and lows in the 30s to 40s. The high Saturday is predicted to be 65.