Special Weather Statement
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
436 PM MST TUE FEB 24 2015

NMZ501>540-251300-
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-
436 PM MST TUE FEB 24 2015

...COLDER WITH SNOW POSSIBLE OVER MUCH OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL
NEW MEXICO WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT...

AFTER A BRIEF BREAK IN BETWEEN STORM SYSTEMS LATE TONIGHT AND
WEDNESDAY...AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE AND STRONG SURFACE
BACKDOOR COLD FRONT WILL BRING A RETURN TO COLDER AND SNOWIER WEATHER
TO MUCH OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH AT
LEAST FRIDAY NIGHT.

THE CHANGE IN THE WEATHER WILL BEGIN WEDNESDAY NIGHT AS AN UPPER
LEVEL TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE DEEPENS OVER THE CENTRAL ROCKIES AND
PUSHES ANOTHER MODIFIED ARCTIC BACKDOOR COLD FRONT SOUTHWARD INTO NEW
MEXICO. COLD AIR WILL CONTINUE TO POUR INTO THE STATE THURSDAY
DROPPING HIGH TEMPERATURES TO BETWEEN 5 TO 10 DEGREES BELOW AVERAGE
WEST AND 25 TO 40 DEGREES BELOW AVERAGE EAST. HIGH TEMPERATURES
ACROSS THE NORTHEAST PLAINS WILL STRUGGLE TO REACH THE UPPER TEENS ON
THURSDAY...AND TEMPERATURES COULD LIKELY REMAIN NEAR TO BELOW
FREEZING THERE UNTIL SATURDAY.

AREAS OF LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW SHOULD BEGIN AS SOON AS LATE
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON OVER THE FAR NORTHERN MOUNTAINS BUT IS MORE
LIKELY WEDNESDAY NIGHT FROM THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS TO THE
RATON MESA AND NORTHEAST PLAINS...WHERE SIGNIFICANT SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE BY LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY
NIGHT. SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL COULD ALSO OCCUR IN THE SANDIA AND
MANZANO MOUNTAINS NORTHEASTWARD TO THE JEMEZ AND TUSAS MOUNTAINS.
LESSER AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE EAST CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST PLAINS...AS WELL AS THE REMAINDER OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN
NEW MEXICO...AND ALONG AND NEAR THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE.

PERSONS PLANNING TRAVEL OR OUTDOOR PLANS IN THE NORTHERN TWO THIRDS
OF NEW MEXICO WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THE WEEKEND SHOULD MONITOR
WEATHER.GOV/ABQ...NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR THEIR FAVORITE MEDIA OUTLET
FOR UPDATED FORECASTS AND STATEMENTS ON THIS POTENTIAL WINTER STORM.

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