Created: 03/01/2014 10:50 AM
By: KOB Pinpoint 4 Weather Team
New Mexico is in for a wild day with very high wind whipping across the state and rain opportunities returning.
Gusts of 55 mph are possible for central, eastern and southeastern New Mexico from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. A Red Flag warning for fire danger has been issued for southeastern New Mexico due to winds.
The best rain chances will be across the western part of the state. The rain is expected to begin midday on Saturday and transition into snow for the northern regions.
Around 6 a.m. Sunday, snow will move in from the west. The best snow chances will remain in the north, central and western mountain ranges, with a Winter Storm Warning in place through Sunday afternoon for the north central mountains.
The metro could see some rain and even a light dusting of snow late Saturday into Sunday.
Travel on I-40 west of Albuquerque could become very dodgy at times and the potential for heavy rain and wind could make driving dangerous.
The rain and snow chances should dry out by Monday or Tuesday.