Special Weather Statement
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
355 PM MST Thu Jan 12 2017

Northwest Plateau-Chuska Mountains-Far Northwest Highlands-
Northwest Highlands-West Central Plateau-West Central Mountains-
West Central Highlands-Southwest Mountains-
San Francisco River Valley-San Juan Mountains-Jemez Mountains-
West Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-
Northern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet/Red River-
Southern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet-
East Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-Upper Rio Grande Valley-
Lower Chama River Valley-Santa Fe Metro Area-
Middle Rio Grande Valley/Albuquerque Metro Area-
Lower Rio Grande Valley-Sandia/Manzano Mountains-Estancia Valley-
Central Highlands-South Central Highlands-Upper Tularosa Valley-
South Central Mountains-Raton Ridge/Johnson Mesa-
Far Northeast Highlands-Northeast Highlands-Union County-
Harding County-Eastern San Miguel County-Guadalupe County-
Quay County-Curry County-Roosevelt County-De Baca County-
Chaves County Plains-Eastern Lincoln County-
Southwest Chaves County-
355 PM MST Thu Jan 12 2017


A long duration and complex winter weather event will get underway
Friday and will continue into early next week. Rain, snow,
thunderstorms, wind and maybe even sleet and freezing drizzle will
take turns impacting NM.

The form of precipitation over the next few days will be quite a
challenge. We are certain most of the state will receive
significant precipitation by next Tuesday, but just what type of
precipitation at what time is still in question. The devil is in
the details!

Here`s our thinking. A cold front from the east will move west
onto the eastern plains and highlands tonight, with better
progress west Friday night. This includes strong east gap winds
into the Rio Grande Valley. The storm along the CA coast will
continue south through Friday, turn east Saturday and then
northeast over NM Sunday. It will depart on Monday but another
storm system will be trying to organize behind it, keeping the
chance of precipitation through Tuesday.

Light snow will fall over the higher peaks of the San Juan
mountains tonight and Friday, with only a couple of inches of
snow expected. Precipitation will expand quickly Friday night as
we start to feel the effects of the storm to our southwest. Snow
will fall above 8500 feet with rain at lower elevations. Forecast
soundings though suggest a period of snow, sleet and/or freezing
drizzle could fall into the northeast quarter of our forecast
area Friday night.

Snow levels will quickly increase Saturday. Rain will be the
predominate precipitation type, with snow confined to the higher
mountain peaks. Rain will turn to snow around the mountains
Saturday night and perhaps in the northeast, with a few inches
accumulation possible. Colder air will filter in Sunday as the
deep upper low crosses southern NM. Wrap around moisture and
colder air will pour into the state Sunday night into Monday.
The best chances for widespread snow accumulations will occur
during this time.

If the second disturbance gets organized, there could be
additional precipitation into Tuesday.

Monitor NOAA weather radio...weather.gov/abq or your local media
for the latest updates on this developing storm system.



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