Special Weather Statement
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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
451 AM MST MON DEC 29 2014

NMZ501>540-292300-
ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-CHAVES COUNTY PLAINS-
CHUSKA MOUNTAINS-CURRY COUNTY-DE BACA COUNTY-
EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY-
EASTERN SAN MIGUEL COUNTY-ESTANCIA VALLEY-FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-
FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-GUADALUPE COUNTY-HARDING COUNTY-
JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY-LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-
NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER-
NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-NORTHWEST PLATEAU-QUAY COUNTY-
RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA-ROOSEVELT COUNTY-SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY-
SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-SANTA FE METRO AREA-
SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-
SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET-SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY-
SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS-UNION COUNTY-UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY-WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-
WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU-WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-
451 AM MST MON DEC 29 2014

...ARCTIC AIR TO ARRIVE TONIGHT FOLLOWED BY A POTENTIAL WINTER STORM
AROUND THE NEW YEARS HOLIDAY...

TWO DISTINCT PERIODS OF WINTER WEATHER WILL IMPACT NORTHERN AND
CENTRAL NEW MEXICO DURING THIS WEEK. FIRST...A STRONG BACK DOOR
COLD FRONT WILL USHER ARCTIC AIR WITH SHARPLY COLDER TEMPERATURES AND
SOME LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATION FROM THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN EASTWARD
LATE MONDAY THROUGH MID WEEK. ONCE THE COLD AIR IS IN PLACE...AN
UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL THEN CROSS FROM WEST TO EAST
WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATION OVER A BROAD
AREA STARTING NEW YEARS EVE AND CONTINUING THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT.

THE ARCTIC AIRMASS WILL WORK ITS WAY OVER NEW MEXICO FROM THE
NORTHEAST LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING. AFTER TODAY...
TEMPERATURES WILL NOT RISE ABOVE FREEZING AGAIN ACROSS THE
FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS AND NORTHEAST PLAINS UNTIL AT LEAST THURSDAY
AFTERNOON. PLACES LIKE TUCUMCARI...CLOVIS AND ROSWELL WILL DROP BELOW
FREEZING TONIGHT UNTIL THURSDAY. THE COLDEST READINGS ACROSS
EASTERN AREAS ARE EXPECTED TUESDAY...WHEN TEMPERATURES IN THE AREA
FROM RATON TO CLAYTON MAY NOT RISE OUT OF THE SINGLE DIGITS. THE BACK
DOOR COLD FRONT WILL PUSH THROUGH GAPS IN THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN
WITH A BRISK EAST CANYON WIND IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY LATE TONIGHT
THROUGH AT LEAST TUESDAY NIGHT.

ACCOMPANYING THE COLD TEMPERATURES WILL BE EASTERLY UPSLOPE SNOW.
A COUPLE INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE
CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN AND MUCH OF THE EASTERN PLAINS TONIGHT
THROUGH WEDNESDAY. THOUGH SNOW AMOUNTS WILL BE SOMEWHAT LIGHT...THE
VERY COLD TEMPERATURES WILL ENABLE THE SNOW TO STICK AND COULD LEAD
TO SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL IMPACTS DUE TO SNOW PACKED AND ICY ROADS.
AS THE UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM BEGINS TO HEAD TOWARD NEW
MEXICO...THE SNOW COULD CHANGE OVER TO SLEET AND FREEZING DRIZZLE
ACROSS PARTS OF THE EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST PLAINS NEAR
THE TEXAS BORDER WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING MAKING NEW YEARS
EVE TRAVEL TREACHEROUS.

A POTENT UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL CROSS SQUARELY OVER
NEW MEXICO FROM THE WEST AROUND THE NEW YEARS HOLIDAY.  SNOW SHOULD
DEVELOP OVER WESTERN AREAS NEW YEARS EVE...THEN INTENSIFY AND BECOME
WIDESPREAD OVER NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NEW YEARS DAY AND
NIGHT. LINGERING PRECIPITATION MAY CONTINUE TO WRAP AROUND THE SYSTEM
OVER NEW MEXICO AS IT SLOWLY EXITS EASTWARD FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT.

THOSE WITH TRAVEL OR OUTDOOR PLANS WILL WANT TO MONITOR THE LATEST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/ABQ OR FROM YOUR FAVORITE MEDIA OUTLET.

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