Last week’s storm was quite a shock to the area. The snow didn’t have as much of an impact as the temperatures, but both were alarming to an area not used to either.  The snow draped Sandia Mountain, especially the western lower portion.  For about a day the slopes were completely covered.  As the sun did it’s work, though, the southern exposed sides returned to their usual dusty brownish color.

These photographs, taken three days apart, show how dramatically the weather changed in Albuquerque.  From record lows in the negative single digits, to normal temperatures up into the thirties.

Dramatic shift indeed.

Kingsley Images — Snowy Sandia Mountain

Kingsley Images — Dramatic Sunset on Sandia