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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
351 PM MST Mon Nov 18 2019

NMZ201>241-191200-
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-
351 PM MST Mon Nov 18 2019

TWO SIGNIFICANT STORM SYSTEMS WILL BRING THE POTENTIAL FOR
WIDESPREAD RAIN TO THE STATE AS WELL AS HEAVY SNOW TO ALL
MOUNTAIN AREAS TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT...

Two storm systems will impact New Mexico this week, bringing
widespread rain to the state as well as heavy snowfall to the
mountains. The first storm system will track from the southwest
over the state Tuesday night and Wednesday. This system will be
warmer with snow levels starting around 9500 feet. This will
result in widespread rain with snow confined to the higher peaks.

A second, colder storm system will cross from the northwest
Wednesday night through Thursday night. This storm system will
slowly pass over northern NM and will send a strong cold front
west to east across the state Wednesday night. This will bring a
sharp drop in temperatures on Thursday and lower snow levels to
around 6500 to 7000 feet across western and central NM. A backdoor
cold front moving through the northeastern plains Thursday will
also bring lower snow levels to the northeast. This will support a
changeover to snow across much of western and northern NM on
Thursday and Thursday night.

The heaviest snowfall will likely fall Thursday with the
northern mountains receiving the highest snowfall totals between
one to two feet. The Chuska Mountains and western high terrain may
also see totals near a foot during this same time. Travel may be
difficult to impossible over northern and western mountain passes
from slick and snowpacked roads. Lower elevations along and west
of the central mountain chain will possibly receive rain amounts
over a half inch with locally heavier amounts while eastern NM
will receive lesser amounts.

Monitor NOAA weather radio, weather.gov/abq, or your local media
for the latest updates on this potentially significant winter
storm.

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