LAPS Superintendent Issues Weather Announcement

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt announced he is monitoring the approaching storm. 

“School administration is in contact with LANL and Los Alamos County,” Schmidt said. “We will continue to monitor the weather through the night. Be watching our website later this evening or early tomorrow morning for updates on the status of school for tomorrow. Decisions about delaying or closing school are made in collaboration with LANL and Los Alamos County.”

Schmidt added that in the event of a school delay or closure, local media and television stations will be notified.

The National Weather Service has issued the following Winter Storm Warning:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE 3:55 PM MST MON JAN 12 2015

…LONG DURATION WINTER STORM LATE TODAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING…

A PAIR OF UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCES WILL IMPACT NEW MEXICO TODAY THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY…BRINGING PERIODS OF SNOW AND WINTRY TRAVEL CONDITIONS. SNOW LEVELS WILL INITIALLY BE BETWEEN 6,000 AND 7,000 FEET ACROSS CENTRAL AND WESTERN AREAS OF NEW MEXICO TODAY…WHERE PRECIPITATION WILL MOVE IN FROM THE WEST. SNOW LEVELS WILL THEN DROP TO MOST LOWER ELEVATION LOCATIONS TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY.

ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL GRADUALLY TAPER OFF FROM THE NORTH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING AS THE UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM SAGS SOUTH OF THE AREA.

CHUSKA MOUNTAINS-WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS-SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9,500 FEET/RED RIVER-SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9,500 FEET-EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-3:55 PM MST MON JAN 12 2015.

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST WEDNESDAY…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST WEDNESDAY.

  • SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…GENERALLY AVERAGING 6 TO 12 INCHES ABOVE 7,000 FEET WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OF 12 TO 16 INCHES ACROSS SOME HIGHER NORTHWEST MOUNTAIN FACES OF NORTH CENTRAL TO NORTHWESTERN NEW MEXICO.
  • TIMING…PERIODS OF RAIN AND HIGH ELEVATION SNOW WILL CONTINUE LATE TODAY…AND WHILE PRECIPITATION SHOULD TEMPORARILY DECREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST AREAS TONIGHT…IT WILL INTENSIFY AND BECOME MORE WIDESPREAD EARLY TUESDAY THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT. SNOW WILL THEN GRADUALLY TAPER OFF FROM THE NORTH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING AS THE UPPER LOW GRADUALLY EXITS SOUTHEAST OF THE AREA.
  •  WINDS…NO SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED.
  • NOW LEVELS…ACCUMULATIONS WILL OCCUR NEAR AND ABOVE 7,000 FEET LATE TODAY…AND DURING THE DAYTIME TUESDAY…LOWERING TO VALLEYS TONIGHT AND TUESDAY NIGHT.
  • LOCAL IMPACTS…IMPACTS TO TRAVEL WILL BE LIMITED TO ROADS OVER THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE AND MOUNTAIN PASSES LATE TODAY. HOWEVER… LOWER ELEVATION ROADS WILL ALSO BECOME SNOW PACKED AND ICY TONIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY. SOME ROADS MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE DUE TO HEAVY SNOW TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT. VISIBILITIES WILL ALSO DROP BELOW A QUARTER MILE DURING PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW.

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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