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Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
449 AM MDT Tue Oct 16 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-
449 AM MDT Tue Oct 16 2018


A cold airmass settled into the Land of Enchantment earlier this
week, and now an unseasonably deep and strong low pressure system
has taken shape west of New Mexico. This feature will continue to
draw cool, moist air into the state, keeping temperatures several
degrees below normal (as much as 10 to 30 degrees).

Areas of precipitation will periodically develop over the state
today through Wednesday and Thursday. Rain and high elevation
snow showers will develop today across western New Mexico with
lighter precipitation being common along and east of the central
mountain chain. Some areas immediately near the central mountain
chain could observe bouts of wintry precipitation, including rain,
snow, freezing drizzle, and even sleet. Light to moderate snow
accumulations will be possible in the higher elevations above 8000
feet, especially during the nighttime hours. Precipitation should
begin to decrease and diminish late Thursday.

In addition, strong east winds are expected to impact some central
to west central sections of New Mexico. Winds will accelerate
through gaps and canyons before impacting portions of the
Albuquerque metropolitan area late today and even more-so into
Wednesday when gusts may reach 45 mph. Strong east winds will
also be common toward the Continental Divide in west central New

Residents and travelers throughout New Mexico should remain alert
to these unsettled weather conditions, and be prepared for low to
modest accumulations of wintry precipitation, especially during
the nighttime hours. Stay tuned to the latest forecasts at or via your preferred media source.



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