Upper Rio Grande Valley Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Winter Storm Watch
Statement as of 9:30 PM MST on January 28, 2015

...Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon...

A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon.

* Snow accumulations...significant snow accumulations of 8 inches or more are possible...primarily at elevations above 8000 to 9000 feet. Some higher peaks above 10000 feet may see upwards of one to two feet of fresh snow accumulation. Amounts of 4 inches or more are possible at elevations below 8000 feet.

* Timing...snow will start Friday morning and continue through much of the day on Saturday before gradually tapering off Saturday night.

* Winds...no significant winds are expected with this storm system.

* Snow levels...snow levels will fluctuate...rising to near 7000 feet during the afternoons...and falling back to near 5000 feet during the late nights and early mornings. The most significant accumulations will generally be confined to elevations above 8000 feet.

* Local impacts...heavy wet snow will accumulate at higher elevations...making travel difficult or impossible over some mountain passes and other high elevation roads. The heavy wet snow could compromise the structural integrity of some roof tops.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Remember...a Winter Storm Watch means conditions are favorable for a hazardous winter weather event in and close to the watch area. Monitor the latest forecasts at weather.Gov/abq...listen to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite media outlet.