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FPUS74 KEPZ 191850

Short Term Forecast
National Weather Service El Paso TX/Santa Teresa NM
1150 AM MST Sun Feb 19 2017

Upper Gila River Valley-Southern Gila Highlands/Black Range-
Southern Gila Foothills/Mimbres Valley-
Southwest Desert/Lower Gila River Valley-Lowlands of the Bootheel-
Uplands of the Bootheel-Southwest Desert/Mimbres Basin-
Eastern Black Range Foothills-Sierra County Lakes-
Northern Dona Ana County-Southern Dona Ana County/Mesilla Valley-
Including the cities of Cliff, Buckhorn, Gila Hot Springs,
Mule Creek, Silver City, Lake Roberts, Kingston, Fort Bayard,
Mimbres, Hurley, Faywood, Grant County Airport, Lordsburg,
Red Rock, Virden, Antelope Wells, Animas, Hachita, Cloverdale,
Deming, Columbus, Hillsboro, Winston, Truth Or Consequences,
Derry, Spaceport, Garfield, Hatch, Radium Springs, Las Cruces,
Vado, and Sunland Park
1150 AM MST Sun Feb 19 2017

As an upper level storm system begins to track east over
western New Mexico this afternoon, we are beginning to see the
development of mostly light shower activity over the Gila region
as well as the lowlands of southwestern New Mexico. Coverage of
showers should increase some over the next few hours, but overall
precipitation amounts should stay rather light with amounts
generally ranging from around a trace up to .10". Snow levels will
generally range from 7000`to 7500` across the higher terrain of
Grant and Sierra counties where a couple of inches of additional
snow may fall near the highest peaks.

As the afternoon progresses some limited instability may result in
an isolated thunderstorm across some areas. Brief moderate
rainfall and even some very small hail will be possible with
storms that manage to develop later today.


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