Winter Storm Watch Effective Dec. 31 – Jan. 1

NWS News:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE REPORTING ARCTIC AIR WITH LIGHT SNOW AND WIND TO MAKE TRAVEL HAZARDOUS.

A BACK DOOR COLD FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO USHER VERY COLD ARCTIC AIR SOUTHWARD OVER EASTERN NEW MEXICO TODAY AND WEDNESDAY. AN EASTERLY UPSLOPE FLOW WILL ALSO PRODUCE AN INCH OR TWO OF DRY SNOW ACCUMULATION. TEMPERATURES WILL BE PLENTY COLD THAT THE SNOW WILL STICK TO ROADS MAKING TRAVEL HAZARDOUS. NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS WILL ALSO BE BLUSTERY REDUCING VISIBILITIES IN BLOWING SNOW AND PRODUCING WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES FROM AROUND FIVE TO NEAR 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.

ADDITIONALLY…A STRONG UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE EASTWARD THROUGH NEW MEXICO WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY.

WIDESPREAD ACCUMULATING SNOW IS EXPECTED FROM THE MIDDLE RIO GRANDE VALLEY WESTWARD TO THE ARIZONA LINE AS A RESULT OF THE UPPER LEVEL LOW AND THE VERY COLD AIR IN PLACE.

NORTHWEST PLATEAU-CHUSKA MOUNTAINS-FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU-WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS-SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY-SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLE

WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE.

* TIMING…WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* WINDS…EAST 15 TO 25 MPH WEDNESDAY NIGHT…BECOMING LIGHT AND VARIABLE THURSDAY.

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

* LOCAL IMPACTS…ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT DURING NEW YEAR`S EVE AND NEW YEARS DAY THROUGHOUT CENTRAL AND WESTERN NEW MEXICO.

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.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE ALSO ISSUED A HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR NORTHWEST PLATEAU-CHUSKA MOUNTAINS-FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU-WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS-SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY-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 9500 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-SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-ESTANCIA VALLEY-CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY-SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA-FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-UNION COUNTY-HARDING COUNTY-EASTERN SAN MIGUEL COUNTY-GUADALUPE COUNTY-QUAY COUNTY-CURRY COUNTY-ROOSEVELT COUNTY-DE BACA COUNTY-CHAVES COUNTY PLAINS-EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY-SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY.

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO.

DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT, AN ARCTIC BACKDOOR COLD FRONT WILL MOVE INTO WESTERN NEW MEXICO TODAY. STRONG EAST CANYON WIND WILL CONTINUE INTO THE MIDDLE RIO GRANDE VALLEY. BEHIND THE FRONT…LOW CLOUDS WITH AREAS OF LIGHT SNOW WILL CONTINUE. TRAVEL IMPACTS FROM THE LIGHT SNOW ARE EXPECTED ON INTERSTATE 40 EAST OF TIJERAS AND ON INTERSTATE 25 EAST/NORTH OF SANTA FE TODAY AND TONIGHT.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY, A POTENT UPPER LEVEL LOW WILL CROSS THE STATE LATE-DAY WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE OVER MUCH OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO BEGINNING LATE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

TRAVEL IMPACTS FROM SNOW DURING THE NEW YEAR`S HOLIDAY ARE LIKELY.

THE POTENTIAL FOR MIXED SNOW … FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET EXISTS NEW YEAR`S EVE AND NEW YEAR`S DAY OVER FAR EASTERN NEW MEXICO NEAR THE TEXAS LINE. WEATHER CAN CHANGE VERY RAPIDLY. ALWAYS USE THE LATEST FORECASTS … WATCHES AND WARNINGS FOR PLANNING PURPOSES.

 

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