Winter Weather Warnings / Watches / Advisories
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
353 PM MDT Thu Mar 23 2017

...SNOW RETURNS TO THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS AND
RATON RIDGE...

.A deepening closed low near the four corners region and potent
surface cold front will combine to bring snow to the Sangre de
Cristo mountains this evening and to the Raton Ridge area later
tonight through Friday midday. High winds behind the front will
create extensive blowing and drifting snow with white-out
conditions late tonight and Friday morning.

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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-Raton Ridge/Johnson Mesa-
353 PM MDT Thu Mar 23 2017

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO
1 PM MDT FRIDAY...

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Winter
Weather Advisory for snow and blowing snow, which is in effect
from 9 PM this evening to 1 PM MDT Friday.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...3 to 6 inches and locally up to 10 inches
  on the higher peaks and around and east of Raton Pass.

* TIMING...Snow will develop this evening on the Sangres and
  spread east later tonight. Snow intensity will be greatest
  around 3 hours either side of daybreak. Snow will diminish
  midday Friday.

* WINDS...Becoming west 25 to 40 mph with gusts to 55 mph tonight
  and northwest at similar speeds Friday morning.

* SNOW LEVELS...Temperatures will be cold enough for snow at all
  locations.

* LOCAL IMPACTS...Interstate 25 at Raton Pass will become snow
  covered and treacherous overnight. U.S. route 64/87 from Raton
  to Des Moines could become snow covered and slippery Friday
  morning. High winds will create white-out conditions on these
  highways.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow and blowing snow means that
visibilities will be restricted due to a combination of falling
and blowing snow.

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