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Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
352 AM MST Mon Jan 27 2020

NMZ201>241-272300-
Northwest Plateau-Chuska Mountains-Far Northwest Highlands-
Northwest Highlands-West Central Plateau-West Central Mountains-
West Central Highlands-Southwest Mountains-
San Francisco River Valley-Tusas Mountains Including Chama-
Jemez Mountains-Glorieta Mesa Including Glorieta Pass-
Northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains-
Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains-
East Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-Upper Rio Grande Valley-
Espanola Valley-Santa Fe Metro Area-
Middle Rio Grande Valley/Albuquerque Metro Area-
Lower Rio Grande Valley-
Sandia/Manzano Mountains Including Edgewood-Estancia Valley-
Central Highlands-South Central Highlands-Upper Tularosa Valley-
South Central Mountains-
Johnson and Bartlett Mesas Including Raton Pass-
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-San Agustin Plains and Adjacent Lowlands-
352 AM MST Mon Jan 27 2020

...WINTRY WEATHER RETURNS TO WESTERN AND NORTHERN NEW MEXICO TODAY
WITH STRONG WINDS ALSO ENTERING TO BOTH WESTERN AND EASTERN NEW
MEXICO THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT...

A winter storm system will traverse the state today, bringing
light to moderate snow accumulations to western and northern New
Mexico this afternoon. Snow totals will reach up to 4 to 6 inches
atop the Sangre de Cristo Mountains down to Raton Pass. This will
allow for some slick roads and difficult travel conditions through
mountain passes and on I-25 at Raton Pass this afternoon.
Visibility reductions may also be possible through any passing
showers.

Meanwhile, strong northwest winds with gusts reaching upwards of
45 to 50 mph will reach the western terrain along the continental
divide and east slopes of the south-central mountains this
afternoon. A backdoor front will then surge southward through the
eastern plains along the Texas border late this evening through
midnight bringing gusts upwards of 45 mph. This will cause
hazardous crosswinds for those traveling on east to west oriented
highways.

Anyone planning travel through northern and central New Mexico
today and tonight should be prepared to encounter adverse weather
conditions. Monitor NOAA weather radio, weather.gov/abq or your
local media for the latest weather updates. For the latest New
Mexico road conditions visit nmroads.com or call 5-1-1.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
336 AM MST Mon Jan 27 2020

NMZ201>241-281200-
Northwest Plateau-Chuska Mountains-Far Northwest Highlands-
Northwest Highlands-West Central Plateau-West Central Mountains-
West Central Highlands-Southwest Mountains-
San Francisco River Valley-Tusas Mountains Including Chama-
Jemez Mountains-Glorieta Mesa Including Glorieta Pass-
Northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains-
Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains-
East Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-Upper Rio Grande Valley-
Espanola Valley-Santa Fe Metro Area-
Middle Rio Grande Valley/Albuquerque Metro Area-
Lower Rio Grande Valley-Sandia/Manzano Mountains Including Edgewood-
Estancia Valley-Central Highlands-South Central Highlands-
Upper Tularosa Valley-South Central Mountains-
Johnson and Bartlett Mesas Including Raton Pass-
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-
San Agustin Plains and Adjacent Lowlands-
336 AM MST Mon Jan 27 2020

This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of north and central
New Mexico.

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight

Light to moderate snowfall is expected across the western half of the
state today, spreading to the eastern plains generally north of I-40
tonight. A light dusting at lower elevations with several inches up
to 4 to 6 inches atop the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and
at Raton Pass. Slick roads and difficult travel conditions will be
likely through mountain passes and at Raton Pass this afternoon into
the evening.

Meanwhile strong northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts upwards
of 50 mph will reach the terrain along the continental divide this
afternoon. Strong north winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts upwards of
45 mph are then expected to reach portions of far eastern NM near
the TX border tonight. Strong crosswinds will be a concern for any
high profile vehicles through these areas.


.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Tuesday through Sunday

A second, potentially more potent winter storm system is expected to
arrive late Wednesday and last through Thursday. There remains
considerable uncertainty regarding storm track and precipitation
amounts with this storm system. However temperatures are expected to
drop with the potential for at the least new snow over the western
and northern high terrain. Stay tuned as the forecast evolves for
this mid-week storm system.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

Spotter activation is not anticipated.

$$

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