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Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
459 AM MST Sat Dec 14 2019

NMZ201>241-151200-
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-
459 AM MST Sat Dec 14 2019

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

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight

Disturbances passing eastward along the Colorado and New Mexico
border will bring periods of snow with light accumulation today.
Snow will then increase in coverage and intensity tonight and Sunday
as a stronger storm system crosses from the west. Up to 6 inches of
snow will be possible by Sunday morning in the Tusas and Sangre de
Cristo Mountains. In addition, strong winds will develop late
tonight with gusts from 40 to 50 mph over mountain peaks across the
forecast area. The strongest winds should impact the southern tier
of mountains.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Sunday through Friday

Sunday...Accumulating snow in the northern mountains will continue
through Sunday, before tapering off Sunday evening. Storm total
accumulations should reach several inches in the Sangre de Cristo
Mountains, with over a foot across the high peaks of the Tusas
Mountains. Lighter amounts are expected in the Jemez and Chuska
Mountains. In addition, winds will strengthen further early Sunday
morning, while spreading to the east slopes of the central mountain
chain and adjacent high plains. The potential exists for wind gusts
to 60 mph over the southwest and south central mountains, as well as
the highest peaks of the southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Winds
will weaken Sunday evening, while gusts to 50 mph linger along the
east slopes of the south central mountains. The wind will blow and
drift the snow in the northern mountains, producing periods of
whiteout conditions with near zero visibility and very cold wind
chill temperatures.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

Spotters are encouraged to report snowfall amounts through the
National Weather Service Albuquerque web site at weather.gov/abq
or by calling 1.888.386.7637.

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