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Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
339 PM MST MON JAN 23 2017

...ACCUMULATING SNOW THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY FOR PORTIONS OF
NORTHERN AND WESTERN NEW MEXICO...

.A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL PASS NORTH OF NEW MEXICO
TONIGHT...GENERATING BANDS OF PRECIPITATION ACROSS NORTHERN AND
WESTERN AREAS. PRECIPITATION WILL BECOME HEAVIEST AND MOST
WIDESPREAD THIS EVENING AS A COLD FRONT CROSSES FROM WEST TO EAST
DROPPING THE SNOW LEVELS TO VALLEY BOTTOMS. GUSTY WEST WINDS WILL
ACCOMPANY THE SNOW TONIGHT...LEADING TO AREAS OF REDUCED VISIBILITY
IN BLOWING SNOW. FOR THE LATEST NEW MEXICO ROAD CONDITIONS CALL
511 OR VISIT NMROADS.COM.

NMZ502-503-510-511-240600-
/O.CON.KABQ.WS.W.0005.000000T0000Z-170124T1200Z/
CHUSKA MOUNTAINS-FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-
JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-
339 PM MST MON JAN 23 2017

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST
TUESDAY...

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...TOTALING 3 TO 6 INCHES AT ELEVATIONS NEAR
  OR BELOW 7500 FEET WITH 6 TO 12 INCHES POSSIBLE OVER THE
  HIGHER TERRAIN. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY THIS EVENING.
  SNOW SHOULD BEGIN TO TAPER OFF EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.

* WINDS...WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS NEAR 35 MPH.

* SNOW LEVELS...SNOW LEVELS WILL LOWER QUICKLY TO VALLEY BOTTOMS
  BEHIND A COLD FRONT THIS EVENING.

* LOCAL IMPACTS...ROADS WILL BE SNOWPACKED AND ICY. AREAS OF
  REDUCED VISIBILITY IN BLOWING SNOW WILL ADD TO THE HAZARDOUS
  TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS
SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.
SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL
DANGEROUS. STRONG WINDS ARE LIKELY. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY.
IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND
WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.
&&

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Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
442 AM MST MON JAN 23 2017

NMZ501>540-241200-
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-
442 AM MST MON JAN 23 2017

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH AND CENTRAL
NEW MEXICO.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHWEST NEW
MEXICO TODAY. SNOW WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY THIS
EVENING AS A COLD FRONT SWEEPS FROM WEST TO EAST. AREAS OF REDUCED
VISIBILTIES IN BLOWING AND ACCUMULATING SNOW IS LIKELY. ADVERSE
TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY FOR MUCH OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN NEW
MEXICO TONIGHT.

IN ADDITION TO THE SNOW...STRONG AND GUSTY WEST TO SOUTHWEST WINDS
ARE EXPECTEED ALONG AND JUST EAST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN
THIS AFTERNOON. GUSTS TO 50 MPH ARE POSSIBLE. TONIGHT...WINDS WILL
INCREASE FURTHER OVER THE SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND ADJACENT
HIGH PLAINS TO THE EAST. GUSTS NEAR 65 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

SNOW WILL BEGIN TO TAPER OFF ON TUESDAY BUT SCATTERED SHOWERS ARE
POSSIBLE FOR MUCH OF THE DAY. STRONG WINDS WILL ALSO PERSIST AND
INCREASE IN COVERAGE ON TUESDAY. GUSTS BETWEEN 50 AND 65 MPH WILL
BE COMMON FOR AREAS EXTENDING FROM THE SANDIA...MANZANO AND SOUTH
CENTRAL MOUNTAINS EASTWARD TO THE TEXAS BORDER.

COLDER THAN NORMAL BUT DRIER WEATHER IS EXPECTED FOR THE REMAINDER
OF THE WEEK.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SNOW AMOUNTS AND WIND SPEEDS THROUGH
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE WEB SITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/ABQ OR BY CALLING 1.888.386.7637. YOU CAN ALSO SUBMIT
STORM REPORTS AND PHOTOS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE OR VIA TWITTER USING
THE HASHTAG NMWX.

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