Special Weather Statement
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
315 AM MST MON JAN 19 2015

NMZ501>540-192300-
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-
315 AM MST MON JAN 19 2015

...MIDWEEK RETURN TO WINTER ACROSS NEW MEXICO...

A WEST COAST WINTER STORM WILL PLUNGE INTO THE DESERT SOUTHWEST BY
MIDWEEK...AND RETURN NEW MEXICO TO WINTRY CONDITIONS WEDNESDAY
THROUGH THURSDAY.

CURRENT FORECASTS INVADE EASTERN NEW MEXICO WITH A WESTBOUND COLD
FRONT ON TUESDAY...AS A STRONG STORM MOVES INTO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
AND WESTERN ARIZONA. BOTH WILL COLLIDE OVER NEW MEXICO DURING THE
DAY ON WEDNESDAY...WITH THE STORM DRIFTING SLOWLY ACROSS SOUTHERN
NEW MEXICO ON THURSDAY BEFORE CROSSING INTO WEST TEXAS AND NORTHERN
MEXICO THURSDAY NIGHT.

INITIAL FORECAST THINKING BRINGS SNOWFALL TO NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO
TUESDAY NIGHT...AND EXPANDS SNOW COVERAGE RAPIDLY ACROSS ALL OF THE
NORTHERN HALF OF NEW MEXICO DURING THE DAY ON WEDNESDAY. SNOW
COVERAGE WILL FOCUS RAPIDLY OVER THE EASTERN SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE
CRISTO MOUNTAINS...CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN...AND THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS
AND CONTINENTAL DIVIDE WEDNESDAY NIGHT...WITH SNOW COVERAGE DRIFTING
TO POINTS OVER THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE STATE ON THURSDAY. SNOW
SHOULD TAPER OFF FROM NORTH TO SOUTH AS IT ENDS THURSDAY NIGHT.

WITH THE STORM FEATURES STILL OUT IN THE NORTHERN PACIFIC THIS
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY...UNCERTAINTY REMAINS ON THE STRENGTH AND
PATH OF THIS STORM THROUGH MIDWEEK. THOSE PLANNING TRAVEL OR
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY SHOULD KEEP INFORMED
ON THE LATEST FORECASTS AND STATEMENTS AS PLANS TAKE SHAPE. STAY IN
TOUCH AND GET THE LATEST INFORMATION WITH NOAA WEATHER RADIO...THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEB SITE AT WEATHER.GOV/ABQ...AND FROM YOUR
PREFERRED BROADCAST...PRINT MEDIA...AND INTERNET WEATHER SOURCE.

$$

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