Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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FXUS65 KABQ 010601 AAC
AFDABQ

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
1101 PM MST SAT FEB 28 2015

.AVIATION...
06Z TAF CYCLE
A RELATIVELY MOIST AND SOMEWHAT UNSTABLE SWLY FLOW ALOFT WILL
CONTINUE TONIGHT AHEAD OF CLOSED UPPER LEVEL LOW DROPPING SWD
THROUGH CENTRAL CALIFORNIA. AS A MID-LEVEL WARM FRONT LIFTS
NORTHWARD THROUGH THE NW QUARTER OF NM LATE TONIGHT...SCT MVFR TO
IFR CONDITIONS WILL INCREASE TO WDSPRD AFTER 09Z WHILE ISOLATED OR
BRIEF LOCALIZED LIFR CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP IN PERIODS OF MOD-
HEAVY SNOW. PUT IFR CONDITIONS AT TAF SITES WITH MODERATE
CONFIDENCE AS SOUTHWEST WINDS JUST OFF THE DECK AND SCT-BKN MID
CLOUDS WILL MAKE FOG FORMATION SOMEWHAT OF A CHALLENGE AT KABQ AND
KSAF.


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.PREV DISCUSSION...927 PM MST SAT FEB 28 2015...
.UPDATE...
WITH TEMPERATURES HOLDING STEADY IN THE EAST AND DEWPOINTS ON THE RISE
WE ARE STARTING TO SEE FREEZING FOG FORMING. LAS VEGAS IS ALREADY
DOWN TO 1/4 MILE. WILL ADD AREAS OF FREEZING FOG IN FOR THE REST OF
THE NIGHT ACROSS THE EASTERN HALF OF THE CWA. IF IT BECOMES DENSE
IN SEVERAL AREAS WILL CONSIDER A FREEZING FOG ADVISORY. NO OTHER
CHANGES TO THE FORECAST. CHJ

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.PREV DISCUSSION...325 PM MST SAT FEB 28 2015...
.SYNOPSIS...
TEMPERATURES WILL MODERATE TONIGHT...SUNDAY AND INTO MONDAY AREA
WIDE...WHILE ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL FAVORS THE NORTHWEST AND NORTH
CENTRAL. SNOW LEVELS WILL RISE SUNDAY AND MONDAY...BEFORE COLDER AIR
MOVES IN MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY...WITH SNOW LEVELS FALLING. A
BITTER COLD AIRMASS WILL ARRIVE BY WEDNESDAY...BEFORE A DRIER PERIOD
IS EXPECTED. HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN BELOW AVERAGE THROUGH THE
END OF THE WEEK.

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.DISCUSSION...

TRANSITION UNDERWAY OF UPPER LOW/TROUGH SINKING SOUTHWARD FROM THE
GREAT BASIN AND INTO SOCAL AND ARIZONA THROUGH SUNDAY/MONDAY. WARM
ADVECTION TO SPREAD RAPIDLY INTO SOUTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL NM
TONIGHT AND MORE EXTENSIVELY SUNDAY...OVER THE ENTIRE STATE. SOME
OVERNIGHT LOWS TONIGHT MAY ACTUALLY BE A LITTLE WARMER THAN TODAY/S
HIGHS. WITH THE INCREASING DEW POINTS...EXISTING SNOW AND SNOW
MELT...THERE COULD BE AT LEAST PATCHY FOG OVER CENTRAL AND WRN NM
LATER TONIGHT. NOT MUCH CONFIDENCE THERE WILL BE ANY PRECIPITATION
IN THE ERN PLAINS OVERNIGHT BUT A MIX OF PRECIPITATION TYPES
POSSIBLE IN THE FAR ERN PORTIONS...ALTHOUGH THERE DOES APPEAR TO BE
SOME EROSION OF LOW CLOUDS OCCURRING IN EDDY AND SOUTHERN CHAVES
COUNTIES THIS AFTERNOON. MODELS CONTINUE TO PAINT AT LEAST SOME
SNOWFALL...ALTHOUGH NOT BIG AMOUNTS OVER THE CONTDVD OF WEST CENTRAL
AND NORTHWEST NM TONIGHT WITH RADAR ECHOES PERSISTING OVER THE
REGION THIS AFTERNOON. THEREFORE WILL CONTINUE THE WINTER HIGHLIGHTS
AS POSTED EARLIER FOR NOW.

COLDER AIR TO CLIP THE NORTHEAST SUNDAY PER THE GFS BUT THE ECMWF
BRINGS MORE WIDESPREAD AND COLDER AIR TO THE EAST. SOME BIG
DIFFERENCES IN GUIDANCE HIGHS IN THE NORTHEAST...AND AS WARMER AIR
MOVES OVER THE COLDER LAYER. GFS INDICATES ANY COLD AIR WILL RAPIDLY
RETREAT BY MONDAY...SO HIGHS IN THE EAST...AS WELL AS MANY OTHER
LOCALES DUE TO RECENT SNOWFALL...A COMPROMISE. ALL IN ALL...STUCK
CLOSER TO THE GFS THAN ECMWF.

IN ADDITION...OVERALL QPF IS NOW LOWER THAN WHAT WAS PREVIOUSLY
FORECAST FOR MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY...WHICH TENDED TO LOWER
SNOWFALL AMOUNTS FOR WESTERN HIGH TERRAIN AREAS.  COLDER AIR MOVING
IN FROM THE WEST/NORTHWEST MONDAY NIGHT SO WENT WITH THE COLDER
GUIDANCE FOR MIN TEMPS ESPECIALLY OVER THE WEST AND NORTH CENTRAL.
MUCH COLDER AIR COULD PENETRATE THE NORTHEAST TUESDAY COURTESY OF A
FASTER MOVING COLD FRONT BEFORE SETTLING IN AREAWIDE WEDNESDAY. GFS
INDICATES ANOTHER CLIPPER SYSTEM THURSDAY...SO ADDED DIME SIZE POPS
TO NORTHERN MT HIGH TERRAIN. THE ECMWF ATTEMPTS TO GENERATE
PRECIPITATION ACROSS SRN NM DUE TO THE UPPER LOW PASSING EASTWARD TO
OUR SOUTH...BUT NOT GOING THERE AT THIS TIME.

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.FIRE WEATHER...

A PROLONGED UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN WILL PERSIST THROUGH MIDDLE OF
NEXT WEEK AS ADDITIONAL DISTURBANCES APPROACH AND PASS OVER PORTIONS
OF NEW MEXICO...HOWEVER NO CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
FORESEEN THROUGH THIS TIME FRAME. THIS WILL KEEP TEMPERATURES BELOW
NORMAL INTO SUNDAY...CREEPING CLOSER TOWARD AVERAGE ON MONDAY BEFORE
DROPPING WELL BELOW AGAIN TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY. THE OVERALL COOLER
TEMPERATURE TREND AND RECENT SATURATED SOILS AND SNOW PACK WILL KEEP
RH ELEVATED.

BREEZY CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP OVER THE WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS ON
SUNDAY...WITH A MORE WIDESPREAD MAJORITY OF THE FORECAST AREA
OBSERVING AN INCREASE IN SPEEDS BY MONDAY AND TUESDAY. THE FLOW WILL
ALSO BE TURNING FROM A SOUTHERLY TO SOUTHWESTERLY AND EVENTUALLY
WESTERLY DIRECTION DAY BY DAY. VENTILATION RATES WILL BE POOR IN THE
NORTHERN AND EASTERN TIERS OF NM SUNDAY...REMAINING POOR IN THE EAST
ON MONDAY. OTHERWISE THE MIXING HEIGHTS AND TRANSPORT WINDS ALOFT
WILL BE SUFFICIENTLY HIGH TO KEEP THINGS MIXED AND DISPERSED THROUGH
TUESDAY.

ELEVATED PRECIPITATION CHANCES WILL ALSO PERSIST THROUGH THE MIDDLE
OF NEXT WEEK...MOSTLY IN THE NORTHWESTERN THIRD OF NM THROUGH
MONDAY...SPREADING MORE INTO CENTRAL AREAS BY MONDAY
NIGHT...TUESDAY...AND WEDNESDAY. THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS WILL REMAIN
FAVORED FOR LARGE SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH MIDWEEK...WITH SOME
HIGH ELEVATION SPOTS NEAR THE CO/NM BORDER STILL EXPECTED TO SEE
UPWARDS OF ONE TO THREE FEET OF ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATION.

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.ABQ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 5 AM MST SUNDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING
ZONES...NMZ502>504-506-507-516>518.

WINTER STORM WARNING UNTIL 4 PM MST SUNDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING
ZONES...NMZ510>515-527.

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