Short Term Forecast
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
424 PM MST MON MAR 2 2015

NMZ515-527>532-030100-
EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-EASTERN SAN MIGUEL COUNTY-
FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-HARDING COUNTY-NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-
RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA-UNION COUNTY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ANGEL FIRE...MORA...CAPULIN...CLAYTON...
CONCHAS...LAS VEGAS...RATON...SPRINGER...ROY
424 PM MST MON MAR 2 2015

.NOW...
SURFACE TEMPERATURES ABOVE THE FREEZING MARK FOR ALL BUT PORTIONS
OF THE INTERSTATE 25 CORRIDOR FROM RATON TO SPRINGER TO LAS
VEGAS WHERE LATE AFTERNOON READINGS WERE JUST SHY OF 32 DEGREES.
THROUGH 6 PM...THESE AREAS CAN EXPECT LOCALIZED AREAS OF
DENSE FREEZING FOG AND DRIZZLE OR FREEZING DRIZZLE. WHILE MINIMAL
ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED...SOME AREAS MAY OBSERVE WET OR SLICK
PAVEMENT AS DRIZZLE AND FOG FREEZES TO ROAD SURFACES. OTHERWISE...A
MARKED WARMING TREND WILL CONTINUE INTO TONIGHT WITH TEMPERATURES
EXPECTED TO REMAIN ABOVE OR RISE ABOVE THE FREEZING MARK.  TRAVEL
IMPACTS ARE NOT EXPECTED THROUGH TONIGHT.

$$

NMZ501>514-516>518-030100-
CHUSKA MOUNTAINS-FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-
LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY-
NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER-
NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-NORTHWEST PLATEAU-SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY-
SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SANTA FE METRO AREA-
SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET-SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS-
UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-
WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU-
WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CHAMA...CUBA...DULCE...EL MORRO...
ESPANOLA...FARMINGTON...GALLUP...GLENWOOD...GRANTS...LOS ALAMOS...
PECOS...CERRO/QUESTA...QUEMADO...RED RIVER...SANTA FE...TAOS
424 PM MST MON MAR 2 2015

.NOW...
RAIN AND HIGH ELEVATION SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE TO EXPAND IN
AREAL COVERAGE OVER THE WESTERN HALF OF NEW MEXICO THROUGH THE
REMAINDER OF THE AFTERNOON AND INTO THE EVENING. ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORMS CANNOT BE RULED OUT IN THE FOUR CORNERS REGION AS WELL
AS NEAR AND WEST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE. SNOW ACCUMULATION LEVELS
WILL GENERALLY VARY BETWEEN 8000 TO 9000 FEET WITH A DUSTING TO A
COUPLE INCHES OF NEW SNOW EXPECTED AT THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS AND A
FEW TO SEVERAL HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH OF RAINFALL BELOW. POCKETS OF
HEAVY RAIN WILL BE MOST COMMON FROM FARMINGTON...SHIPROCK SOUTH TO
GALLUP...ZUNI...FENCE LAKE...LUNA AND GLENWOOD.  AREAS OF MODERATE TO
OCCASIONALLY HEAVY SNOW WILL FAVOR THE HIGHER WEST AND SOUTHWEST
SLOPES OF MOUNTAIN RANGES IN NORTHWEST NEW MEXICO WHERE VISIBILITY
WILL PERIODICALLY BE REDUCED.

$$

NMZ525-526-533>540-030100-
CHAVES COUNTY PLAINS-CURRY COUNTY-DE BACA COUNTY-
EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY-GUADALUPE COUNTY-QUAY COUNTY-ROOSEVELT COUNTY-
SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY-
UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CARRIZOZO...CLOVIS...ELK...FORT SUMNER...
PICACHO...PORTALES...ROSWELL...RUIDOSO...SANTA ROSA...TUCUMCARI
424 PM MST MON MAR 2 2015

.NOW...
THROUGH 600 PM...RAIN AND HIGH ELEVATION SNOW COVERAGE WILL CONTINUE
TO EXPAND FOR THE NORTHERN SACRAMENTO...GUADALUPE AND CAPITAN
MOUNTAIN RANGES AND NEIGHBORING AREAS TO INCLUDE THE UPPER TULAROSA
BASIN. SNOW LEVELS WITHIN THIS MOISTURE STREAM WILL REMAIN QUITE HIGH
AND GENERALLY ABOVE 9000 FEET IF NOT HIGHER. AS A RESULT...TRAVEL
IMPACTS DUE TO ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL BE LIMITED TO SKI RUN ROAD
BELOW SIERRA BLANCA. HOWEVER...RAIN FALLING ON SNOW BELOW 9000 FEET
MAY ACCELERATE SNOW MELT INTO THE EVENING AND RISES IN AREAS CREEKS
AND STREAMS COULD BECOME NOTICEABLE. ELSEWHERE...TEMPERATURES ON THE
EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST PLAINS ABOVE THE FREEZING MARK WILL
CONTINUE TO WARM INTO THE EVENING AND REMAIN STEADY IN THE UPPER 30S
TO LOWER 40S THROUGH TONIGHT. THUS NO CONCERNS FOR FREEZING FOG OR
FREEZING PRECIPITATION IN THE IMMEDIATE SHORT TERM.

$$

KJ




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