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430 AM MST Thu Jan 19 2017
...A SERIES OF STORM SYSTEMS TO BRING STRONG WINDS...ACCUMULATING
MOUNTAIN SNOW AND COLDER TEMPERATURES TO NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW
MEXICO toNIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT...
New Mexico will be under an unsettled weather pattern for the rest
of this week through the middle of next week. A series of storm
systems are forecast to bring mountain snow and valley rain and
snow to the west and central tonight through Saturday night. The
eastern plains and central highlands as well as the exposed
higher terrain can expect bouts of strong and gusty winds today
through Saturday night. Highs will cool Friday west and central
but moreso Saturday, starting the weekend with temperatures 5 to
15 degrees below average.
Although snow is expected to occur off and on through Saturday
night over the western and central higher terrain, locales along
and west of the Continental Divide are predicted to pick up the
most snow by early Sunday. A foot or more is possible at
elevations above 8000 feet in the Chuska and northwest mountains.
Occasional westerly wind gusts to around 50 or 55 mph are possible
over the exposed higher terrain and eastern plains as surface low
pressure develops and intensifies over Texas and Oklahoma.
A brief break in the busy weather is expected Sunday...then
another storm system looks to arrive next Monday. Wind will again
plague the east Monday through Tuesday while the west and central
may pick up more snow. Much colder and considerably below average
temperatures will overspread the region.
Monitor NOAA weather radio...weather.gov/abq or your local media
for the latest updates and potential watches...advisories or
warnings due to these changing and challenging weather
conditions. For the latest New Mexico road conditions call 511 or
$$Winter Storm Watch
CHUSKA MOUNTAINS-WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS-
SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-
WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-
NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER-
SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET-
UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
1126 AM MST THU JAN 19 2017
...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED ABOVE
8000 FEET WITH UPWARDS OF A FOOT OF SNOW ABOVE 10000 FEET.
* TIMING...WHILE PERIODS OF LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW ARE EXPECTED
TONIGHT AND EARLY FRIDAY...THE MORE PERSISTENT AND HEAVIER SNOW
IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATE FRIDAY INTO FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY.
SNOW WILL DISSIPATE EARLY SATURDAY EVENING.
* WINDS...DURING THE DAY FRIDAY STRONG WEST WINDS SUSTAINED AT 20
TO 35 MPH WILL BE COMMON WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS OF 30 TO 50 MPH.
WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN MORE DURING THE DAY SATURDAY WITH
SUSTAINED SPEEDS OF 25 TO 40 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS OF 35 TO
55 MPH. THIS WILL PRODUCE AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW...FURTHER
* SNOW LEVELS...TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL
* LOCAL IMPACTS...HIGH TERRAIN ROADS ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME SNOW
PACKED AND ICY WITH REDUCED VISIBILITY IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.
TRAVEL WILL BECOME DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE AT HIGH ELEVATIONS
ABOVE 8000 FEET.
REMEMBER...A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE
FOR A HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER EVENT IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AT WEATHER.GOV/ABQ...LISTEN
TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE MEDIA OUTLET.