January 2011 had near normal temperatures and below normal precipitation across New Mexico.

The winter storm at the end of December was gone by the 1st of January, but bitter cold temperatures were left behind. Temperatures moderated after the 1st while a weak upper level disturbance clipped northern New Mexico on the 4th. A stronger system crossed southern New Mexico on the 8th, but only managed isolated rain and higher elevation snow showers over the west and south. A fast moving, but potent disturbance brought snow to the north late on the 9th into the 10th, which was followed by an arctic cold front. Very cold temperatures were reported behind this front across the east on the 10th through 12th, but less so in the west. Mostly benign and mild weather was observed from the 13th through 19th with only weak systems bringing light snow to the northern mountains and brief cooling. More significant cooling and snowfall impacted the northeast on the 20th. It was short lived though as temperatures warmed noticeably on the 21st. Northwest flow aloft dominated through the end of the month as a series of mostly weak disturbances moved quickly through the state from the 22nd through 26th. This left only small snow accumulations to the area, favoring the northern mountains into the northeast. It was dry with mostly above normal temperatures from the 27th through the 30th. A potent storm and arctic air arrived on the 31st.

 

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