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WEATHER SUMMARY FOR NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NM
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
622 PM MST WED DEC 24 2014

...A WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
FRIDAY EVENING...

AN UPPER LEVEL RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE MOVING OVER THE REGION GAVE
RISE TO MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES ACROSS THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT TODAY.
AFTERNOON HIGH TEMPERATURES RANGED FROM THE UPPER 20S TO UPPER 30S
OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS IN THE NORTH AND HIGHER ELEVATIONS OVER
WESTERN AND CENTRAL AREAS TO THE UPPER 30S TO MID 40S OVER LOWER
ELEVATIONS IN THE NORTH AND LOWER ELEVATIONS OVER WESTERN AND
CENTRAL AREAS. OVER THE EASTERN PLAINS AFTERNOON HIGHS REACHED THE
MID TO UPPER 40S WITH A FEW LOCATIONS IN THE SOUTHEAST NEAR 50
DEGREES. THE RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL MOVE EAST TONIGHT AS A
COLD FRONT APPROACHES FROM THE NORTHWEST. INCREASING MIDDLE AND
HIGH CLOUDINESS IN STORE FOR THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT WITH SKIES
BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. OVERNIGHT LOWS WILL RANGE FROM THE SINGLE
DIGITS TO MID TEENS OVER THE HIGHER COUNTRY IN THE NORTH. ELSEWHERE
OVERNIGHT LOWS WILL RANGE FROM THE UPPER TEENS TO 20S WITH A FEW
LOCATIONS OVER THE EASTERN PLAINS SEEING LOWS NEAR 30 DEGREES.

THE COLD FRONT WILL PUSH INTO NEW MEXICO DURING THE AFTERNOON ON
CHRISTMAS DAY. SKIES WILL BECOME PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE
WEST AND NORTH WITH A CHANCE OF ISOLATED RAIN SHOWERS DEVELOPING.
HIGHER ELEVATIONS IN THE NORTH WILL SEE SNOW SHOWERS. THE FRONT
WILL PUSH RAPIDLY EAST THROUGH NEW MEXICO WITH CLOUDINESS AND A
CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION SPREADING INTO CENTRAL AREAS THURSDAY
NIGHT. AFTERNOON HIGHS CHRISTMAS DAY WILL RANGE FROM THE 30S TO
LOWER 40S OVER THE NORTH AND OVER HIGHER ELEVATIONS IN WESTERN AND
CENTRAL AREAS. LOWER ELEVATIONS IN WESTERN AND CENTRAL AREAS AND
OVER THE EASTERN PLAINS WILL REACH THE UPPER 40S TO UPPER 50S. A
FEW LOCATIONS OVER THE SOUTHEAST PLAINS WILL SEE HIGHS IN THE
LOWER 60S. WINDS WILL ALSO PICK UP DURING THE DAY THURSDAY WITH
GUSTS UP TO THE 35 TO 45 MPH RANGE POSSIBLE. COLDER AIR BEHIND THE
FRONT WILL DROP TEMPERATURES SIGNIFICANTLY. WE WILL SEE A CHANCE
OF SNOW IN ALL AREAS EXCEPT THE EXTREME SOUTHEAST BY FRIDAY MORNING.
OVERNIGHT LOWS THURSDAY NIGHT WILL DROP INTO THE TEENS TO LOW 20S
IN THE NORTH AND WESTERN AND CENTRAL AREAS. THE EASTERN PLAINS AND
THE MIDDLE TO LOWER RIO GRANDE RIVER VALLEY WILL SEE OVERNIGHT
LOWS THURSDAY NIGHT IN THE UPPER 20S TO MID 30S. A FEW LOCATIONS
OVER THE SOUTHEAST PLAINS WILL DROP INTO THE UPPER 30S TO NEAR 40
DEGREES.

THE STORM SYSTEM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BRING SIGNIFICANT SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS TO THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS. IT WILL FIRST IMPACT THE
SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS LATE THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY...AND THEN THE SANGRE
DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS FRIDAY INTO FRIDAY NIGHT.

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TRM




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