Short Term Forecast
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
1258 PM MST WED JAN 21 2015

NMZ515-527>537-212230-
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
1258 PM MST WED JAN 21 2015

.NOW...
WIDESPREAD LIGHT TO OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO
IMPACT A GOOD PORTION OF NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO.  THROUGH AT LEAST 4
PM...SMALLER SCALE BANDS OF HEAVY SNOW WILL DEVELOP AND ORIENT
GENERALLY FROM EAST TO WEST ACROSS THE HIGH PLAINS OF NORTHEAST NEW
MEXICO WITH SNOWFALL RATES BETWEEN 1/2 AND 1 INCH PER HOUR IN THE
HEAVIEST SNOW NORTH OF INTERSTATE 40...PARTICULARLY 30 MILES EITHER
SIDE OF A LINE STRETCHING FROM LAS VEGAS TO MOSQUERO TO SEDAN. SOUTH
OF INTERSTATE 40... TEMPERATURES IN THE MID 30S TO LOWER 40S WILL
MITIGATE TRAVEL IMPACTS WITH PREDOMINATELY A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW.
DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN REPORTED ALONG HIGHWAY 56
BETWEEN SPRINGER AND CLAYTON...AS WELL AS STATE ROAD 120 FROM WAGON
MOUND TO ROY TO NEAR GLADSTONE. MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION 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.

$$

NMZ501>507-212230-
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
1258 PM MST WED JAN 21 2015

.NOW...
LIGHT TO OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO EXPAND IN
COVERAGE OVER WEST CENTRAL AND NORTHWEST NEW MEXICO...GENERALLY
SOUTHEAST OF A DULCE TO CHACO CANYON TO TOHATCHI LINE. THROUGH AT
LEAST 4 PM...EXPECT SNOWFALL RATES WITHIN HEAVIER SNOW BANDS TO
AVERAGE 1/2 TO 3/4 INCH PER HOUR.  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>523-212230-
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
1258 PM MST WED JAN 21 2015

.NOW...
THROUGH AT LEAST 4 PM...LIGHT TO OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SNOW WILL
REMAIN WIDESPREAD OVER A GOOD PORTION OF NORTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL
NEW MEXICO...WHILE RAIN AND HIGH ELEVATION SNOW SHOWERS STEADILY
EXPAND ALONG THE CENTRAL VALLEY CORRIDOR FROM BELEN TO BERNARDO 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. SNOWFALL RATES IN THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL AVERAGE BETWEEN 1/2
AND 1 INCH PER HOUR...WITH TRAVEL IMPACTS EXPECTED TO WORSEN BY
LATE AFTERNOON FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATION LOCALES.  DIFFICULT TRAVEL
WAS BEING REPORTED ALONG STATE ROAD 4 FROM LA CUEVA TO LOS ALAMOS...
PORTIONS OF STATE ROAD 68 BETWEEN EMBUDO AND TAOS...AND MOST ROADS
THROUGHOUT THE SANGRE DE CRISTO RANGE. 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.

$$

NMZ508-509-520-524-212230-
LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY-
SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...GLENWOOD...GRAN QUIVIRA...QUEMADO...SOCORRO
1258 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.  THROUGH AT LEAST 4 PM...SOME OF THE BETTER
DEVELOPED PRECIPITATION BANDS...ROUGHLY 50 MILES IN WIDTH...WILL
EXTEND FROM THE ACOMA AND LAGUNA PUEBLOS TO HORSE SPRINGS TO
BEAVERHEAD...AS WELL AS EAST OF THE RIO GRANDE FROM CHUPADERA MESA
TO NEAR BINGHAM.  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>540-212230-
CHAVES COUNTY PLAINS-EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY-SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-
SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY-UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CARRIZOZO...ELK...PICACHO...ROSWELL...
RUIDOSO
1258 PM MST WED JAN 21 2015

.NOW...
RAIN AND HIGHER ELEVATION SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE TO EXPAND IN
COVERAGE FROM THE SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS EAST ACROSS THE HIGH
PLAINS OF LINCOLN AND CHAVES COUNTIES.   SNOW 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 4 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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