South Central Highlands Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Special Statement
Issued: 4:30 AM MST Jan. 19, 2017 – National Weather Service

... A series of storm systems to bring strong winds... accumulating
mountain snow and colder temperatures to northern and central New
Mexico tonight through Saturday night...

New Mexico will be under an unsettled weather pattern for the rest
of this week through the middle of next week. A series of storm
systems are forecast to bring mountain snow and valley rain and
snow to the west and central tonight through Saturday night. The
eastern plains and Central Highlands as well as the exposed
higher terrain can expect bouts of strong and gusty winds today
through Saturday night. Highs will cool Friday west and central
but moreso Saturday, starting the weekend with temperatures 5 to
15 degrees below average.

Although snow is expected to occur off and on through Saturday
night over the western and central higher terrain, locales along
and west of the Continental Divide are predicted to pick up the
most snow by early Sunday. A foot or more is possible at
elevations above 8000 feet in the chuska and northwest mountains.
Occasional westerly wind gusts to around 50 or 55 mph are possible
over the exposed higher terrain and eastern plains as surface low
pressure develops and intensifies over Texas and Oklahoma.

A brief break in the busy weather is expected Sunday... then
another storm system looks to arrive next Monday. Wind will again
plague the east Monday through Tuesday while the west and central
may pick up more snow. Much colder and considerably below average
temperatures will overspread the region.

Monitor NOAA Weather Radio... weather.Gov/abq or your local media
for the latest updates and potential watches... advisories or
warnings due to these changing and challenging weather
conditions. For the latest New Mexico Road conditions call 511 or
visit nmroads.Com.



430 am MST Thu Jan 19 2017

... A series of storm systems to bring strong winds... accumulating
mountain snow and colder temperatures to northern and central New
Mexico tonight through Saturday night...

New Mexico will be under an unsettled weather pattern for the rest
of this week through the middle of next week. A series of storm
systems are forecast to bring mountain snow and valley rain and
snow to the west and central tonight through Saturday night. The
eastern plains and Central Highlands as well as the exposed
higher terrain can expect bouts of strong and gusty winds today
through Saturday night. Highs will cool Friday west and central
but moreso Saturday, starting the weekend with temperatures 5 to
15 degrees below average.

Although snow is expected to occur off and on through Saturday
night over the western and central higher terrain, locales along
and west of the Continental Divide are predicted to pick up the
most snow by early Sunday. A foot or more is possible at
elevations above 8000 feet in the chuska and northwest mountains.
Occasional westerly wind gusts to around 50 or 55 mph are possible
over the exposed higher terrain and eastern plains as surface low
pressure develops and intensifies over Texas and Oklahoma.

A brief break in the busy weather is expected Sunday... then
another storm system looks to arrive next Monday. Wind will again
plague the east Monday through Tuesday while the west and central
may pick up more snow. Much colder and considerably below average
temperatures will overspread the region.

Monitor NOAA Weather Radio... weather.Gov/abq or your local media
for the latest updates and potential watches... advisories or
warnings due to these changing and challenging weather
conditions. For the latest New Mexico Road conditions call 511 or
visit nmroads.Com.




351 PM MST Wed Jan 18 2017

... A period of unsettled weather with strong winds... accumulating
mountain snow and colder temperatures to northern and central New
Mexico Thursday night through Saturday night...

A series of upper level disturbances will impact northern and
central New Mexico late this week through early next week. The
first disturbance will begin impacting New Mexico late Thursday
into early Friday, followed by a second one Friday into Saturday
night.

Cooler temperatures, several inches of snow accumulation in
the mountains, and a mix of rain and snow in the valleys is
expected during this stretch. In the eastern plains and higher
terrain, bouts of strong and gusty winds can be expected. Some
gusts may exceed 50 mph and encroach upon 60 mph. The higher
terrain of western and central New Mexico is expected to receive
the highest snowfall accumulations, perhaps as much as a foot or
more above 8000 feet.

After a brief respite on Sunday, the active and unsettled weather
is expected to return to the land of enchantment early next week.
Residents and travelers through New Mexico are urged to stay
abreast of the latest weather forecasts and statements. Monitor
NOAA Weather Radio... weather.Gov/abq or your preferred local
media outlet for the latest updates on these changing and
challenging weather conditions.


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351 PM MST Wed Jan 18 2017

... A period of unsettled weather with strong winds... accumulating
mountain snow and colder temperatures to northern and central New
Mexico Thursday night through Saturday night...

A series of upper level disturbances will impact northern and
central New Mexico late this week through early next week. The
first disturbance will begin impacting New Mexico late Thursday
into early Friday, followed by a second one Friday into Saturday
night.

Cooler temperatures, several inches of snow accumulation in
the mountains, and a mix of rain and snow in the valleys is
expected during this stretch. In the eastern plains and higher
terrain, bouts of strong and gusty winds can be expected. Some
gusts may exceed 50 mph and encroach upon 60 mph. The higher
terrain of western and central New Mexico is expected to receive
the highest snowfall accumulations, perhaps as much as a foot or
more above 8000 feet.

After a brief respite on Sunday, the active and unsettled weather
is expected to return to the land of enchantment early next week.
Residents and travelers through New Mexico are urged to stay
abreast of the latest weather forecasts and statements. Monitor
NOAA Weather Radio... weather.Gov/abq or your preferred local
media outlet for the latest updates on these changing and
challenging weather conditions.


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