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Saturday high of 57 degrees ties 1949 record

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FARMINGTON — While many parts of the country and state are struggling with cold temperatures, Farmington has been enjoying unusually warm weather. According to the National Weather Service, Saturday was one of the warmest days on that date in the past 76 years.

According to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, the 57-degree high recorded at the Four Corners Regional Airport on Saturday tied the previous warmest Dec. 30, which was recorded in 1949. The service began keeping track of daily highs and lows in Farmington in 1941.

Todd Shoemake, a meteorologist for the Albuquerque NWS, said for about two weeks, there have been temperatures ranging from five to 15 degrees warmer than normal and the trend will likely continue through the rest of this week.

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Shoemake said there is a chance of precipitation on Saturday that could bring in some cooler temperatures. While Shoemake said there will not be a lot of rain, he said this weekend's storm could signal a pattern change that could lead to increased chances for precipitation this winter.

While the western part of New Mexico has been abnormally warm, the eastern part of the state experienced cold weather at the end of December.

"It's almost like a tale of two halves of the state," Shoemake said.

He said an arctic front came down the plains and got locked in New Mexico east of the Rocky Mountains for three days.

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