Special Weather Statement
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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
219 PM MST Sun Feb 26 2017

NMZ501>540-271200-
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-
219 PM MST Sun Feb 26 2017

...STRONG JET AND PACIFIC TROUGH PASSAGE MONDAY AND TUESDAY...

A strong Pacific jet and trough will impact northern and central
New Mexico Monday through Tuesday. Winds will increase Monday
afternoon but a strengthening jet stream Monday night into
Tuesday will lead to widespread strong to very strong winds across
southern and eastern portions of the area. Some localized blowing
dust will be possible across the lower Rio Grande Valley and
southeast plains. Fire danger levels will also increase across
the eastern plains due to strong wind and low humidity.

At the same time of the strengthening wind...a moist Pacific flow
will develop over the western and northern mountains as well as
the northwest plateau and expand eastward over the lowlands and
central mountains. Snow levels will start out on the higher side
Monday evening but then lower Tuesday morning as the main trough
moves overhead and cooler air infiltrates the area from the west.
The heaviest snowfall is expected above 7000 feet across the far
northwest and northwest highlands. Additional heavier snowfall is
expected across the higher elevations of the western and north
central mountains. Rain will primarily be found across the lower
elevations.

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