A meridional (wavy) jet stream flow –associated with low solar activity– continues to divert brutal Arctic air anomalously-far-south. New Mexico is next in line for an early blast of winter, with heavy snow expected in the NE of the U.S. state.
According to NWS meteorologist Kerry Jones, this type of powerful winter storm is arriving three weeks ahead of schedule.
“It’s always these early events that catch folks by surprise even though we kind of see it a couple days ahead of time,” Jones said. “We have a significant blast of cold coming for much of the state.
“That I-25 corridor that goes up north of Las Vegas, Springer, Raton, Raton Pass even into Colorado could get a little slick and dicey Wednesday night into Thursday,” he said.
Some spots in NE New Mexico are on for 10 inches (25 cm) of early-season snow over the coming days:
GFS SNOWFALL (inches) — SOUTH-CENTRAL U.S. — OCT 23 thru OCT 27
All that powder is great news for skiers and snowboarders: “With these colder temperatures … [it] really does set the stage to get some good early season snow to stay,” Jones concluded. “So we’ll start to build that snowpack.”
The snowpack is indeed building early, in line with historically low solar activity.
Total Snow Mass for the Northern Hemisphere is off to a staggering start:
Snow has a cooling effect on our climate — it reflects sunlight back into space. The more snow cover there is, the colder we get (the albedo effect).
This is how glaciers form.
This is also how ice ages begin.
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Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift