Special Weather Statement
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
437 AM MDT Wed Mar 22 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-
437 AM MDT Wed Mar 22 2017


The extended period of record warmth will come to a dramatic end
Thursday as a potent spring storm system crosses NM. One last day
of warm temperatures will occur today but with widespread windy
conditions expected. Thick high clouds will approach from the
west late today and signal big changes coming Thursday.

Southwest winds will increase Thursday morning ahead of a strong
cold front arriving from AZ. Many areas within central and eastern
NM will experience wind gusts between 45 and 55 mph along with
localized areas of blowing dust. The cold front will then plow
eastward through late afternoon and shift winds dramatically to
the west. Much cooler air will move into NM behind the front with
windy conditions continuing. Rain and high terrain snow showers
will also develop over northern and western NM behind the front.
Meanwhile, a dryline will set up over far eastern NM and increase
the chance for a few severe thunderstorms along the TX state line.

This storm system will quickly intensify over northeastern NM
Thursday night and Friday before exiting into the central plains
states. Strong north winds will develop over eastern NM Friday
with gusts up to 60 mph possible. High terrain snow will continue
over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains eastward along the CO border.
The potential exists for several inches of snow to accumulate in
this area. The combination of windy conditions with much cooler
temperatures across the entire area will be a shock compared to
the recent warmth.


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