Short Term Forecast
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
229 PM MST MON DEC 22 2014

NMZ512>515-527-528-530-222300-
EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-
NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER-
RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA-SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET-
UNION COUNTY-WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ANGEL FIRE...MORA...CAPULIN...CLAYTON...
PECOS...CERRO/QUESTA...RATON...SPRINGER...RED RIVER
229 PM MST MON DEC 22 2014

.NOW...
PERIODIC SNOW BANDS WILL CONTINUE OVER THE SANGRE DE CRISTO
MOUNTAINS...RATON MESA...JOHNSON RIDGE...AND FAR NORTHEASTERN CORNER
OF NEW MEXICO THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. THE NORTHERN SANGRE DE
CRISTOS...THE RATON PASS...CAPULIN...FOLSOM...DES MOINES...
GLADSTONE...GRENVILLE...AND OTHER NEARBY RURAL AREAS CLOSE TO
THE COLORADO BORDER WILL ACCUMULATE AN ADDITIONAL ONE TO TWO INCHES
OF FRESH SNOW BEFORE 4 PM. SOME SNOW PACKED AND ICY ROADS ARE
EXPECTED ALONG INTERSTATE 25 THROUGH AND NEAR THE RATON PASS...AND
ALSO ON U.S. HIGHWAYS 64 AND 87...AND VISIBILITY WILL REDUCE TO LESS
THAN A HALF MILE AT TIMES IN PERIODS OF HEAVIER SNOW. FARTHER SOUTH
TOWARD U.S. HIGHWAY 56...PRECIPITATION MAY FALL MAY AS A RAIN SNOW
MIX WITH LIGHTER ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. FOR THE LATEST
ROAD CONDITIONS DIAL 5 1 1 OR VISIT NMROADS.COM.

$$

NMZ521>526-529-533-537>540-222300-
CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-CHAVES COUNTY PLAINS-DE BACA COUNTY-
EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY-ESTANCIA VALLEY-GUADALUPE COUNTY-
NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-
SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY-
UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CARRIZOZO...CLINES CORNERS...ELK...
FORT SUMNER...GRAN QUIVIRA...LAS VEGAS...MORIARTY/ESTANCIA...
PICACHO...ROSWELL...RUIDOSO...SANDIA PARK/CEDAR CREST...TIJERAS...
SANTA ROSA
229 PM MST MON DEC 22 2014

.NOW...
STRONG AND GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS WILL IMPACT MANY CENTRAL AREAS OF
NEW MEXICO...AS WELL AS SOME HIGH PLAINS AREAS JUST EAST. SUSTAINED
WIND SPEEDS OF 20 TO 35 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS BETWEEN 40 AND 60
MPH CAN BE EXPECTED THROUGH THE EARLY AFTERNOON. STRONG CROSS WINDS
CAN BE EXPECTED ON SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST ORIENTED ROADS SUCH AS
U.S. 54 NEAR CORONA TO SANTA ROSA. EVEN STRONGER WINDS WITH SOME
BLOWING DUST AT TIMES CAN BE EXPECTED FROM MIDDAY ON.

$$

NMZ503-504-510-511-516>518-222300-
FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY-
NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SANTA FE METRO AREA-
UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CHAMA...CUBA...DULCE...ESPANOLA...
LOS ALAMOS...SANTA FE...TAOS
229 PM MST MON DEC 22 2014

.NOW...
PERIODIC SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE OVER THE SAN JUAN...TUSAS...AND
JEMEZ MOUNTAINS OF NEW MEXICO THROUGH THE EARLY AFTERNOON. THE
NORTHERN PEAKS CLOSE TO THE COLORADO BORDER WILL BE CAPABLE OF
ACCUMULATING AN ADDITIONAL ONE TO TWO INCHES OF FRESH SNOW BEFORE 4
PM. SOME SNOW PACKED AND ICY ROADS ARE EXPECTED ALONG HIGHER
ELEVATIONS OF U.S. HIGHWAYS 64 AND 84...AND VISIBILITY WILL REDUCE TO
LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT TIMES IN PERIODS OF HEAVIER SNOW. FARTHER
SOUTH TOWARD THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS AND NEW MEXICO ROUTE 4...
PRECIPITATION MAY FALL MORE INTERMITTENTLY WITH LIGHTER ACCUMULATIONS
THROUGH THE EARLY AFTERNOON. FOR THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS DIAL 5 1
1 OR VISIT NMROADS.COM.

$$

NMZ506>508-519-520-222300-
ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS-
WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ALBUQUERQUE...LOS LUNAS...RIO RANCHO...
EL MORRO...GRANTS...QUEMADO...SOCORRO
229 PM MST MON DEC 22 2014

.NOW...

BANDS OF RAIN AND HIGH ELEVATION SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AND
WORK INTO PORTIONS OF CENTRAL TO WEST CENTRAL NEW MEXICO THROUGH THE
AFTERNOON. SNOW MAY OCCASIONALLY MIX WITH RAIN DOWN TO 7500 FEET...
BUT ANY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL GENERALLY STAY CONFINED TO HIGHER
ELEVATIONS ABOVE 8500 FEET THROUGH 4 PM. SOME SNOW PACKED AND ICY
ROADS ARE EXPECTED WITH THESE HIGHER ELEVATIONS...AND VISIBILITY WILL
REDUCE TO LESS THAN A MILE AT TIMES IN PERIODS OF SNOW. RAINFALL
AMOUNTS IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS WILL GENERALLY REMAIN LESS THAN A
TENTH OF AN INCH BEFORE 4 PM...WHILE HIGHER ELEVATIONS ABOVE 8500
FEET MAY OBSERVE A QUICK INCH OR TWO OF NEW SNOW ACCUMULATION. IN
ADDITION...STRONG WINDS WILL BLOW FROM THE NORTHWEST WITH OCCASIONAL
GUSTS REACHING 45 TO 50 MPH.

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