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Winter Storm Warning In Effect Until 8 a.m. Feb. 6

on February 5, 2014 - 12:30pm

NWS News:

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect until 8 a.m. Thursday.

Snow is likely today with cloudy skies and a high near 31. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1-3 inches is possible. Snow is likely tonight with cloudy skies and a low around 15. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New snow accumulation of 2-4 inches is possible.

Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM 1119 AM MST WED FEB 5 2014

...NEXT ROUND OF WINTER WEATHER MOVING INTO PORTIONS OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO TODAY AND TONIGHT...

ANOTHER DISTURBANCE ALOFT WILL INTERACT WITH A BITTER COLD AND MOIST ATMOSPHERE TO BRING SNOW TO PORTIONS OF NEW MEXICO THROUGH TONIGHT. BITTER COLD AIR AT THE SURFACE WILL BE IN PLACE OVER THE EASTERN HALF OF NEW MEXICO...WHICH WILL ENHANCE SNOWFALL ALONG THE EASTERN SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO...SANDIA...AND MANZANO MOUNTAINS. A
SECONDARY SNOWFALL MAXIMUM IS ALSO EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ALONG THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE...MOUNT TAYLOR...SANDIA AND MANZANO MOUNTAINS...THE EAST SLOPES OF THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS...AS WELL AS THE AREA FROM
RIO RANCHO SOUTH ALONG THE ALBUQUERQUE WEST MESA. 

SNOW WILL TAPER OFF THURSDAY MORNING. THE COMBINATION OF BITTER COLD AIR AND SNOW IS EXPECTED TO CREATE TREACHEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS...ESPECIALLY OVER EASTERN NEW MEXICO. WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS-JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-1119 AM MST WED FEB 5 2014

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM MST THURSDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM MST THURSDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...3 TO 5 INCHES FROM ZIA PUEBLO SOUTH TO RIO RANCHO...THE ALBUQUERQUE WEST MESA AND FAR NORTHEAST HEIGHTS. LOCATIONS ALONG THE VALLEY FLOOR AND IMMEDIATELY BELOW TIJERAS
  CANYON MAY SEE SIGNIFICANTLY LESS ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 OR 2 INCHES. EAST FACING SLOPES OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE...THE SANDIA/MANZANO...AND JEMEZ MOUNTAINS WILL SEE 6 TO 10 INCHES.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO EXPAND THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING. THE MOST INTENSE PERIOD OF SNOW IS EXPECTED BETWEEN 7 PM AND 2 AM TONIGHT.

* WINDS...WINDS WILL BE LIGHT IN MOST AREAS...EXCEPT FOR A 15 TO 25 MPH EAST WIND BELOW CANYONS OPENING INTO THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY. THE EAST CANYON WIND MAY BRIEFLY PEAK WITH GUSTS
  AROUND 35 MPH TONIGHT WHICH COULD LEAD TO LOCALIZED AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW.

* SNOW LEVELS...TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LOCATIONS.

* LOCAL IMPACTS...SNOW PACKED AND ICY TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO DEVELOP OVER THE AREA INCLUDING INTERSTATE 40 BETWEEN GRANTS... ALBUQUERQUE...AND TIJERAS CANYON...INTERSTATE 25...AND
  HIGHWAY 550. VERY COLD TEMPERATURES OVER THE AREA MAY CREATE TREACHEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS IN THE HIGH TERRAIN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN
EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

 


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