Special Weather Statement
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
340 AM MDT Sat Mar 17 2018

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-
340 AM MDT Sat Mar 17 2018


A late winter storm system will swing across northern and central
New Mexico Sunday and Sunday evening, bringing a variety of weather
to the region.

The northwest, west central and north central will see a mix of
rain and snow, along with a few thunderstorms. Accumulating snow
looks to favor the higher terrain of the Chuska, San Juan, Sangre
de Cristo and Jemez mountains Sunday. Since the storm will be
quick hitting, some of the higher snowfall amounts may range from
4 to 8 inches.

Very strong to potentially damaging southwest to west winds are
expected to develop for much of the region along and south of
Interstate 40 by midday Sunday and persist into the evening.
Gusts to around 55 to 65 mph are possible. Patchy to areas of
blowing dust could limit visibilities in the Rio Grande Valley and
portions of the East Central and Southeast Plains. By Sunday
evening winds will shift to the northwest ushering colder air,
especially over northeast New Mexico, where winds will remain
strong overnight.

Critical fire weather conditions are likely over the Northeast and
East Central Plains Sunday afternoon, where the combination of
near to above average temperatures and low humidities along with
strong winds will occur.

Strong winds, mountain snow and blowing dust may inhibit travel
over northern and central New Mexico Sunday and Sunday night.
Monitor NOAA weather radio, weather.gov/abq or your local media
for the latest updates on this evolving weather situation.


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