Special Weather Statement
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
341 PM MST THU DEC 11 2014

NMZ501>540-121200-
ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-CHAVES COUNTY PLAINS-
CHUSKA MOUNTAINS-CURRY COUNTY-DE BACA COUNTY-
EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY-
EASTERN SAN MIGUEL COUNTY-ESTANCIA VALLEY-FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-
FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-GUADALUPE COUNTY-HARDING COUNTY-
JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY-LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-
NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER-
NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-NORTHWEST PLATEAU-QUAY COUNTY-
RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA-ROOSEVELT COUNTY-SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY-
SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-SANTA FE METRO AREA-
SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-
SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET-SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY-
SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS-UNION COUNTY-UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY-WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-
WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU-WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-
341 PM MST THU DEC 11 2014

...POTENTIAL FOR A VIGOROUS STORM SYSTEM TO BRING ACCUMULATING SNOW
TO PORTIONS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN NEW MEXICO THIS WEEKEND...

WEATHER FORECAST MODELS CONTINUE TO INDICATE A VIGOROUS STORM SYSTEM
WILL TRACK THROUGH CALIFORNIA AND THE GREAT BASIN BEFORE MOVING INTO
NEW MEXICO THIS WEEKEND.

CHANCES FOR PRECIPITATION WILL INCREASE OVER FAR WESTERN NEW MEXICO
FRIDAY NIGHT...THEN SPREAD EASTWARD SATURDAY...EVENTUALLY COVERING
MOST OF THE STATE SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY. WHILE SNOW LEVELS WILL
START OUT RELATIVELY HIGH...MUCH COLDER AIR WILL SWEEP INTO THE
STATE FROM WEST TO EAST BEHIND THE ACCOMPANYING COLD FRONT SATURDAY
EVENING.

ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER THE WEST AND NORTH...EVEN IN
VALLEY LOCATIONS...ESPECIALLY SATURDAY NIGHT.  THE FOCUS FOR SNOW
WILL SHIFT TO THE NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST SUNDAY INTO SUNDAY
NIGHT AS THE STORM EJECTS INTO OKLAHOMA. HIGH TEMPERATURES SUNDAY
WILL RANGE FROM AROUND 5 TO 20 DEGREES COLDER THAN ON SATURDAY.
SUNDAY NIGHTS LOW TEMPERATURES WILL ALSO BE COLDER AND MORE
REPRESENTATIVE OF MID DECEMBER.

ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE IN THE FAR EASTERN
PLAINS...AND BLOWING SNOW COULD IMPACT PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN
MOUNTAINS AND NORTHEAST.

LESS ACTIVE WEATHER IS EXPECTED NEXT MONDAY BUT ANOTHER STORM WILL
LIKELY AFFECT NEW MEXICO AROUND THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK.

STAY TUNED TO THE LATEST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST ON OUR
WEBSITE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/ABQ OR FROM YOUR FAVORITE MEDIA OUTLET.

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