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Unseasonably Strong Cold Front to Push Through Los Alamos Area Monday Evening

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By The Staff

The National Weather Service issued the following advisory for the area Monday morning:

UNSEASONABLY STRONG COLD FRONT TO IMPACT MUCH OF NEW MEXICO TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY...

A STRONG COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO PUSH INTO THE FAR NORTHEAST PLAINS LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND INTO THE EARLY EVENING. THE FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO PLUNGE SOUTHWESTWARD TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY... USHERING IN MUCH COOLER TEMPERATURES... GUSTY WINDS... AND LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL.

EAST CANYON WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH STRONGER GUSTS WILL DEVELOP BELOW CANYONS AND GAPS OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN TONIGHT AS THE COOLER AIR SPILLS WESTWARD. WIND GUSTS ARE LIKELY TO EXCEED 45 MPH IN THE FAVORED LOCALES ALONG THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY. THE CANYON WINDS SHOULD PEAK IN STRENGTH TUESDAY MORNING... BUT THEY WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE DAY TUESDAY.

THE FRONT WILL ALSO BRING A NOTABLE INCREASE IN SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY TO A LARGE SWATH OF THE AREA. NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP IN THE NORTHEASTERN QUADRANT OF THE STATE TONIGHT WITH HEAVY RAINFALL... GUSTY WINDS... AND PERHAPS SOME HAIL ACCOMPANYING THE STRONGER STORMS. THE FOCUS FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL SHIFT TO THE WESTERN AND SOUTHWESTERN SECTIONS OF NEW MEXICO BY LATE TUESDAY WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR SLOW- MOVING STORMS AND HEAVY RAINFALL.

ON TUESDAY... SOME LOCALES WITHIN THE NORTHEASTERN PLAINS OF THE THE STATE WILL OBSERVE DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE 60S AND LOW 70S... NEARLY 15 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL FOR LATE AUGUST. ELSEWHERE IN THE CENTRAL TO SOUTHEASTERN SECTIONS OF THE STATE... TEMPERATURES WILL RUN 5 TO 10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL WITH HIGHS IN THE 70S AND LOW 80S.