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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
1200 PM MST FRI JAN 30 2015

...HEAVY SNOW EVENT CONTINUES FOR NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO
THROUGH SATURDAY...

.A SLOW MOVING PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM WITH MOIST SUBTROPICAL AIR
AHEAD OF IT WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW
MEXICO. SIGNIFICANT SNOW AMOUNTS ARE STILL EXPECTED FOR THE
MOUNTAINS...WITH MORE THAN A FOOT OF SNOW POSSIBLE ABOVE 9000
FEET. A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW IS EXPECTED AT LOWER ELEVATIONS DUE
TO A THIN WARM LAYER NEAR THE SURFACE. BRIEF BOUTS OF SLEET ARE
ALSO POSSIBLE DUE TO TRANSITION PERIODS BETWEEN SNOW AND RAIN. THE
PRIMARY FOCUS OF SLEET WILL BE ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE PLAINS.
PRECIPITATION WILL CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY BEFORE SLOWLY
DIMINISHING.

NMZ504-510>515-517-521>523-529-533-310300-
/O.CON.KABQ.WS.W.0004.000000T0000Z-150201T0000Z/
NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS-SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-
WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-
NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER-
SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET-
EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY-
SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-ESTANCIA VALLEY-CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-
NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-GUADALUPE COUNTY-
1200 PM MST FRI JAN 30 2015

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST
SATURDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST
SATURDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...EXPECT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 3
  TO 6 INCHES BELOW 7500 FEET AND 6 TO 10 INCHES ABOVE 7500
  FEET. THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS WILL SEE ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 12
  AND 16 INCHES. GUADALUPE COUNTY WILL SEE A WIDE RANGE IN SNOW
  TOTALS WITH 1 TO 5 INCHES POSSIBLE FROM EAST TO WEST.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL INCREASE IN INTENSITY TODAY AND CONTINUE
  THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAY ON SATURDAY.

* WINDS...NO SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED WITH THIS STORM
  SYSTEM.

* SNOW LEVELS...SNOW LEVELS WILL FLUCTUATE BETWEEN 5000 AND 6500
  FEET DEPENDING ON THE TIME OF DAY. MOUNTAIN LOCALES CAN EXPECT
  MOSTLY SNOW.

* LOCAL IMPACTS...HEAVY WET SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE ON ROADWAYS...
  ESPECIALLY IF SNOW RATES ARE HIGH. WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS
  ARE EXPECTED AT TIMES...ESPECIALLY ABOVE 7500 FEET.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW
ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. 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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