Mesoscale Snow Band over Eastern New Mexico

A fast moving upper level low pressure system combined with a surface cold front provided focus for a mesoscale snowband across the central highlands of New Mexico November 29, 2010.  Note the intense snowband present on the KFDX radar valid 2206 UTC 11/29/2010.  The 1km MODIS False Color and Visible imagery captured the extent of mesoscale snow cover the following day.  Spotter reports across the area verified between 2 and 4 inches of snowfall in less than 4 hours.  Interestingly, lower resolution models indicated the potential for critical fire weather conditions in this same area on the 30th as dry gusty downslope winds developed behind the upper wave.  Note the higher resolution 7.5km local WRF model depicts much higher RH values valid 21 UTC on the 30th.
KFDX radar valid 2206 UTC 12/29/2010

KFDX radar valid 2206 UTC 12/29/20101km MODIS False Color valid 2013 UTC 11/30/2010

1km MODIS Visible valid 2013 UTC 11/30/2010

1km MODIS Visible valid 2013 UTC 11/30/2010

Local 7.5km WRF RH valid 21 UTC 11/30/2010

Local 7.5km WRF RH valid 21 UTC 11/30/2010

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