Special Weather Statement
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
418 AM MST Fri Jan 19 2018

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 Cristos above 9500 feet/Red River-
Southern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet-
East Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-Upper Rio Grande Valley-
Lower Chama River Valley-Santa Fe Metro Area-
Middle Rio Grande Valley/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-
418 AM MST Fri Jan 19 2018


A storm system gathering strength over the eastern Pacific Ocean
will bring the next blast of winter weather to New Mexico this
weekend. It will arrive rather abruptly as near record warmth is
expected today.

Rain and mountain snow is expected to develop over western New
Mexico late Saturday afternoon as a potent cold front approaches
from the west. This cold front will race eastward across the
Continental Divide and into the Rio Grande Valley late Saturday
evening. Dramatically colder air behind this front will quickly
change rain over to snow in all areas, including the Rio Grande
Valley. This system has the potential to produce several inches of
snow in the high terrain of northern New Mexico, along with strong
winds and blowing snow. Sharply colder air Saturday evening may
produce a flash freeze on road surfaces, particularly along the
Interstate 40 corridor of western New Mexico. This storm will
linger over northeastern New Mexico Sunday where a couple inches
of snow is possible near the New Mexico Colorado border.

Widespread windy conditions, cold temperatures, and bitter wind
chills will persist Sunday and Monday as the storm exits into the
Great Plains. Those planning travel through New Mexico should stay
alert to the latest forecasts and roadway conditions. Monitor
NOAA weather radio, weather.gov/abq or your local media for the
latest on this developing weather scenario. For the latest road
conditions, visit nmroads.com, dial 511, or 1.800.432.4269.


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