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Weather Summary for Northern and Central NM
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
843 PM MDT Fri Apr 28 2017

A late season winter storm system moving south over the region
brought mostly cloudy to cloudy skies to the Land of Enchantment
today with scattered to numerous rain showers, higher terrain
snow showers and scattered thunderstorms. Strong gusty winds
also accompanied this system today with the main core of strong
winds found over the south. The highest wind gust reported today
was 56 mph at the Sierra Blanca Regional airport near Ruidoso.
High temperatures today ranged from the mid 20s to upper 40s over
higher terrain and over the upper Rio Grande river valley and
Raton basin to the upper 40s to lower 70s over lower terrain over
the west and south central areas and over the northeast plains to
the lower 70s to mid 80s over the southeast plains.

The storm system will intensify late tonight and Saturday as the
associated upper level low pressure area sinks south into New
Mexico. Increasing instability with this low combined with a
potent back door cold front moving down the eastern plains will
bring significant snowfall across north central and northeast
portions of the state where winter storm warnings and advisories
are currently in effect. The Sangre De Cristo mountains, including
the Raton Ridge and Johnson Mesa areas could see up to 7 to 14
inches of total snowfall and the eastern plains could see anywhere
from 4 to 8 inches of total snowfall from this storm system.


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