Short Term Forecast
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
315 PM MST WED JAN 21 2015

NMZ515-527>537-220015-
CURRY COUNTY-DE BACA COUNTY-EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-
EASTERN SAN MIGUEL COUNTY-FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-GUADALUPE COUNTY-
HARDING COUNTY-NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-QUAY COUNTY-
RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA-ROOSEVELT COUNTY-UNION COUNTY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ANGEL FIRE...MORA...CAPULIN...CLAYTON...
CLOVIS...CONCHAS...FORT SUMNER...LAS VEGAS...PORTALES...RATON...
SPRINGER...ROY...SANTA ROSA...TUCUMCARI
315 PM MST WED JAN 21 2015

.NOW...
WIDESPREAD LIGHT TO OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO
IMPACT A GOOD PORTION OF NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO THE REMAINDER OF THE
AFTERNOON. HOWEVER...THE FOCUS FOR ACCUMULATING SNOW AND
MOST ORGANIZED PRECIPITATION WILL GRADUALLY SHIFT SOUTH TOWARD THE
CAPROCK...MELROSE AND FORT SUMNER AREAS THROUGH AT LEAST 6 PM. THE
RAIN SNOW LINE STRETCHED FROM NEAR GRADY TO FORT SUMNER TO RAMON...
WITH LIMITED IMPACTS TO TRAVEL SOUTH OF THIS LINE.  FARTHER NORTH...
ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE GENERALLY
EXPECTED FOR THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF NEW MEXICO WITH LOCALIZED
HIGHER AMOUNTS ALONG THE INTERSTATE 25 CORRIDOR NEAR SPRINGER...
WATROUS AND LAS VEGAS.  MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION AND BE
PREPARED FOR REDUCED VISIBILITY IN FOG AND PRECIPITATION. FOR THE
LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS DIAL 5 1 1 OR VISIT N M ROADS DOT COM.

$$

NMZ501>507-220015-
CHUSKA MOUNTAINS-FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-
NORTHWEST PLATEAU-WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-
WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CUBA...DULCE...EL MORRO...FARMINGTON...
GALLUP...GRANTS
315 PM MST WED JAN 21 2015

.NOW...
LOW PRESSURE ALOFT CENTERED OVER WESTERN NEW MEXICO BETWEEN FENCE
LAKE AND QUEMADO WILL SLOWLY ADVANCE EAST-SOUTHEAST THROUGH THE
REMAINDER OF THE AFTERNOON INTO EARLY EVENING.  THIS TRACK WILL FOCUS
THE STEADIEST AND HEAVIEST SNOW OR MIXED RAIN AND SNOW AT THE LOWER
ELEVATIONS OVER WEST CENTRAL AND NORTHWEST NEW MEXICO...MAINLY
SOUTHEAST OF A LINDRITH TO CHACO CANYON TO GALLUP LINE. THROUGH AT
LEAST 6 PM...EXPECT SNOWFALL RATES WITHIN HEAVIER SNOW BANDS TO
AVERAGE 1/2 TO 3/4 INCH PER HOUR.  ADDITIONALLY...ISOLATED
THUNDER WILL ACCOMPANY SHOWERS BETWEEN GRANTS AND QUEMADO LAKE.
LOCATIONS NEAR THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE AND ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6500 FEET
WILL HAVE THE BEST CHANCE OF EXPERIENCING PERIODS OF HEAVIER SNOW AND
IMPACTS TO ROADS. THIS WILL INCLUDE INTERSTATE 40 BETWEEN GALLUP AND
GRANTS...U.S. HIGHWAY 550 BETWEEN CUBA AND LYBROOK. IMPACTED
COMMUNITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO CUBA...COUNSELORS...EL
MORRO...THOREAU...AND FENCE LAKE. MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION
AND BE PREPARED FOR REDUCED VISIBILITY IN FOG AND SNOW IN THE HIGH
COUNTRY. FOR THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS DIAL 5 1 1 OR VISIT N M ROADS
DOT COM.

$$

NMZ510>514-516>519-521>523-220015-
ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-ESTANCIA VALLEY-
JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY-
NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER-
SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-SANTA FE METRO AREA-
SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET-UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ALBUQUERQUE...LOS LUNAS...RIO RANCHO...
CHAMA...CLINES CORNERS...ESPANOLA...LOS ALAMOS...MORIARTY/ESTANCIA...
PECOS...CERRO/QUESTA...RED RIVER...SANDIA PARK/CEDAR CREST...
TIJERAS...SANTA FE...TAOS
315 PM MST WED JAN 21 2015

.NOW...
LIGHT TO OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SNOW WILL REMAIN WIDESPREAD OVER A
GOOD PORTION OF NORTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO...WHILE RAIN
AND SNOW SHOWERS STEADILY EXPAND ALONG THE CENTRAL VALLEY CORRIDOR
FROM SANTA FE TO ALBUQUERQUE TO SOCORRO AND POINTS SOUTH. THE
HEAVIEST AND STEADIEST SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO FALL NEAR AND NORTH OF A
CUBA TO LOS ALAMOS TO COWLES LINE. FARTHER SOUTH...THE RAIN SNOW
LINE WAS HOVERING BETWEEN 5500 AND 6000 FEET BUT SNOW IMPACTS TO
ROADS WERE GENERALLY LIMITED TO ELEVATIONS ABOVE 7500 FEET. SNOWFALL
RATES IN THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL AVERAGE BETWEEN 1/2 AND 1 INCH PER
HOUR...WITH DIFFICULT TRAVEL EXPECTED TO EXPAND TO LOWER ELEVATION
LOCALES DURING THE EVENING. MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION AND BE
PREPARED FOR REDUCED VISIBILITY IN FOG AND SNOW IN THE HIGH COUNTRY.
FOR THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS DIAL 5 1 1 OR VISIT N M ROADS DOT
COM.

$$

NMZ508-509-520-524-220015-
LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY-
SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...GLENWOOD...GRAN QUIVIRA...QUEMADO...SOCORRO
315 PM MST WED JAN 21 2015

.NOW...
NUMEROUS BANDS OF SNOW...WITH PREDOMINATELY RAIN BELOW 6500 FEET...
WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP OVER A GOOD PORTION OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND
SOUTHWEST NEW MEXICO. EVEN ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WILL PASS OVER THE
SOUTHWEST PORTION OF THE STATE BETWEEN MAGDALENA AND QUEMADO.  WE
ARE MONITORING THE EASTWARD PROGRESSION OF A POTENT UPPER LEVEL LOW
THAT WILL PASS OVER WESTERN NEW MEXICO LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND
EARLY EVENING.  THIS WILL FOCUS THE MORE WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION
FARTHER EAST THROUGH 6 PM...ESPECIALLY FOR AREAS EAST OF THE RIO
GRANDE TO THE GALLINAS AND NORTHERN SACRAMENTO MOUNTAINS. MOTORISTS
SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION AND BE PREPARED FOR REDUCED VISIBILITY IN FOG
AND SNOW IN THE HIGH COUNTRY OF THE NORTHERN GILA AND MOUNTAIN RANGES
WEST OF SOCORRO. FOR THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS DIAL 5 1 1 OR VISIT N
M ROADS DOT COM.

$$

NMZ525-526-538>540-220015-
CHAVES COUNTY PLAINS-EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY-SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-
SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY-UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CARRIZOZO...ELK...PICACHO...ROSWELL...
RUIDOSO
315 PM MST WED JAN 21 2015

.NOW...
RAIN AND HIGHER ELEVATION SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE TO EXPAND IN
COVERAGE OVER SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST NEW MEXICO TO INCLUDE THE
RUIDOSO...ROSWELL AREAS.  SNOW ACCUMULATION LEVELS WILL GENERALLY
REMAIN ABOVE 7000 FEET WITH IMPACTS DUE TO SNOW MOST IMPACTFUL FOR
THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS OF THE NORTHERN SACRAMENTO MOUNTAINS WHERE
SNOWFALL RATES BETWEEN 1/2 AND 1 INCH PER HOUR ARE LIKELY THROUGH AT
LEAST 6 PM. MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION IF TRAVELING INTO THE
HIGH COUNTRY AND BE PREPARED FOR REDUCED VISIBILITY IN FOG AND SNOW.
FOR THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS DIAL 5 1 1 OR VISIT N M ROADS DOT COM.

$$

KJ



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