Winter Storm Warning

NWS News:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
615 AM MST FRI NOV 22 2013

...MAJOR WINTRY STORM TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE WEEKEND...

ARCTIC AIR WILL OVERSPREAD ALL OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO
TODAY...WHILE BRISK WINDS AND AREAS OF SNOW...RAIN AND SOME MIXED
WINTRY PRECIPITATION WILL CONTINUE INTO TONIGHT THEN REALLY RAMP
UP FOR THE WEEKEND. A POTENT UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM NEAR
THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST WILL PROVIDE A RIVER OF ABUNDANT
MOISTURE OVER NEW MEXICO. THE FIRST STRONG SURGE OF MOISTURE WILL
WORK ACROSS NORTH AND WEST NEW MEXICO THEN PERHAPS AN EVEN
STRONGER SURGE OVER THE WEEKEND WILL DUMP EVEN MORE SNOW ACROSS
THE AREA AS THE MAIN CORE OF THE UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM MIGRATES
EASTWARD INTO AND ACROSS THE REGION.

NMZ510>516-527-222300-
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SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-
WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-
NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER-
SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET-
EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA-
615 AM MST FRI NOV 22 2013

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST MONDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST
MONDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...AN ADDITIONAL 3 TO 7 INCHES ABOVE 8000
  FEET...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ON THE HIGHEST PEAKS...CAN BE
  EXPECTED. SNOW WILL MIX WITH RAIN AT TIMES BELOW 7500 FEET AND
  LIMIT ACCUMULATIONS. 1 TO 2 INCHES FOR THE UPPER RIO GRANDE
  VALLEY AND AREAS BELOW CANYONS SUCH AS TAOS MAY EXPERIENCE EVEN
  LOWER AMOUNTS. FOR THE SECOND ROUND OF SNOW FROM LATE TONIGHT
  THROUGH SUNDAY...AN ADDITIONAL 7 TO 14 INCHES...WITH LOCALLY
  HIGHER AMOUNTS...ARE POSSIBLE.

* TIMING...RAIN AND SNOW WILL DECREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY
  LATER THIS MORNING INTO THIS EVENING. HOWEVER...SNOW WILL
  RETURN SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY MONDAY
  MORNING.

* WINDS...NO WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED. AREAS
  BELOW CANYONS IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY WILL EXPERIENCE A PERIOD
  OF GUSTY GAP WINDS UP TO 50 MPH THROUGH THIS MORNING BEFORE
  DIMINISHING SOMEWHAT THIS AFTERNOON...THEN PICKING UP AGAIN THIS
  EVENING.

* SNOW LEVELS...LOWERING TO 6500 FEET BEFORE RISING BACK TO
  BETWEEN 7000 AND 8000 FEET THIS AFTERNOON. TEMPERATURES WILL BE
  COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LEVELS BY LATE TONIGHT OR SATURDAY.

* LOCAL IMPACTS...ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW PACKED AND ICY. HEAVY
  SNOW MAY MAKE SOME ROADS IMPASSABLE...ESPECIALLY OVER THE HIGH
  TERRAIN. GUSTY WINDS MAY CREATE SOME BLOWING SNOW AT TIMES.

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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