A big rainfall event by December standards, especially in the Texas Panhandle/Western Oklahoma, is set to occur over the next couple of days. The WPC forecast shows a widespread area of 1” or more of rain expected, with some bullseyes of locally higher amounts possible. For some areas, this rain will actually fall as heavy snow — this includes Northeast New Mexico up into far SW Kansas.

Travel issues will be most pronounced on I-25 between Las Vegas, NM and Colorado Springs, CO. 

This is a really big and impactful rainfall event in what is supposed to be the dry season in the region. It is a classic El Niño event though, and will make a dent in the ongoing drought conditions across the region. If we can keep an active storm track up, we may enter the Spring storm season nearly drought free across the Southern/Central Plains.