It was a mild start to the winter for the Southwest and into the southern High Plains. Moderate temperatures and a lack of wintry precipitation distinguished the month of December for the region. Is that all about to change as the calendar flips to 2024?
Here is what forecasters are predicting in the coming days for this corner of the country.
First Impacts of Multi-Day Snow Event Firing Up Late Tuesday
Snow is on the way for the higher terrains of the Southwest and across into the southern High Plains to kick off the month of January. A mass of cold air pushing into the region will merge with a significant storm system to bring snow to the area by the middle of the week.
This cold and snowy weather pattern is forecast to linger for a few days, likely bringing travel disruptions and other impacts.
The first impacts of this large storm system will move into California late Tuesday before reaching the Four Corners region on Wednesday and into Thursday. The reach of the storm will expand on Wednesday, sending the snowflakes into portions of Nevada to start the day. The accumulating snowfall will hit some areas of Utah and Arizona by late Wednesday.
Thursday will bring the white stuff into New Mexico before it finally settles across the southern fringe of the High Plains on Thursday night.