.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

First freeze of the season Friday morning

-A A +A

Weather: LA Airport records dip below 32 degrees

While residents on the East Coast prepare to deal with “Frankenstorm,” Los Alamos residents can expect chilly temps to remain in place at least through Saturday.

Los Alamos Airport logged its first official freeze of the season Friday morning as the mercury dipped to 32 degrees at 3:55 a.m. The thermometer registered 30 degrees by 5:35 a.m. and climbed back up to 31 by 6:15.

Depending on the forecast model, temps Friday night are expected to be near or below freezing again, with a high temperature Saturday reaching the mid-50s. Sunday’s high should be right around 60 degrees, with temps moderating into next week with highs expected in the mid-60s.

Meanwhile, nearly all of New Mexico continues to grapple with some level of drought and federal forecasting models show those conditions are likely to persist through January.

State and federal officials reported during a drought monitoring meeting Thursday that there has been only one day of rain so far this month in the eastern half of New Mexico.

Those totals ranged from a half-inch to just over an inch of rain, not enough to catch up after back-to-back dry years.

Tucumcari, Portales and other areas have deficits of several inches, while the state overall has seen only 63 percent of its normal precipitation through September.

Along the East Coast, too much water may be the problem as Hurricane Sandy prepares to clobber the region, as it joins forces with other storm systems headed that way.

With the storm projected to hit the Atlantic coast early Tuesday, there was a 90 percent chance that most of the U.S. East Coast would get steady gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and maybe snow starting Sunday and stretching past Wednesday, U.S. forecaster Jim Cisco said.

A new tropical storm watch was issued early Friday for a section of the U.S. East Coast extending from Savannah, Ga., northward to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Sandy was expected to remain a hurricane almost until reaching the U.S. shoreline, probably early Tuesday.