Forecast Details for Ruidoso, NM

Recent Locations: Ruidoso, NM  
Today: Sunny, with a high near 63. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around 40. South wind 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 64. South wind 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 66. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 41. Breezy.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.
Saturday: A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 51. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday Night: A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Sunday: A chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 57.

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Weather Topic: What is Snow?

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Snow Next Topic: Stratocumulus Clouds

Snow is precipitation taking the form of ice crystals. Each ice crystal, or snowflake, has unique characteristics, but all of them grow in a hexagonal structure. Snowfall can last for sustained periods of time and result in significant buildup of snow on the ground.

On the earth's surface, snow starts out light and powdery, but as it begins to melt it tends to become more granular, producing small bits of ice which have the consistency of sand. After several cycles of melting and freezing, snow can become very dense and ice-like, commonly known as snow pack.

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Weather Topic: What are Stratus Clouds?

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Stratus clouds are similar to altostratus clouds, but form at a lower altitude and are identified by their fog-like appearance, lacking the distinguishing features of most clouds.

Stratus clouds are wider than most clouds, and their base has a smooth, uniform look which is lighter in color than a nimbostratus cloud. The presence of a stratus cloud indicates the possibility of minor precipitation, such as drizzle, but heavier precipitation does not typically arrive in the form of a stratus cloud.

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