More Snow Predicted This Evening Into Thursday

NWS News:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE:

…ANOTHER ROUND OF SNOW TO IMPACT WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO THIS EVENING INTO NEW YEARS DAY…

A STRONG UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL APPROACH NEW MEXICO THIS EVENING INTO THURSDAY…PRODUCING ANOTHER ROUND OF WIDESPREAD ACCUMULATING SNOW. SNOW WILL FAVOR WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO…WHERE A FEW TO SEVERAL INCHES OF ACCUMULATION ARE EXPECTED. SNOW PACKED ROADS AND REDUCED VISIBILITY WILL RESULT IN TREACHEROUS TRAVEL FOR THE NEW YEARS HOLIDAY.

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-UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY-SANTA FE METRO AREA-ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY.

…WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON…

HE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE. AS MUCH AS 4 INCHES OF SNOW ARE POSSIBLE FOR THE ALBUQUERQUE FOOTHILLS AND SANTA FE METRO AREA WITH HIGHER AMOUNTS AS HIGH AS 8 INCHES OR MORE IN THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

  • TIMING…TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.
  • WINDS…GUSTY EAST WINDS WILL DIMINISH LATE THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT…BEFORE BECOMING LIGHT AND VARIABLE NEW YEARS DAY.
  • SNOW LEVELS…TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LOCATIONS.
  • LOCAL IMPACTS…ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT DURING NEW YEARS EVE AND NEW YEARS DAY FOR THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY AND THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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.

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