Winter Storm Warning in New Mexico
National Weather Service Says Storm Activity For Next 2 Days
From A National Weather Service Advisory
SNOW RETURNS TO MUCH OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO…
.A vigorous low pressure system will track east northeastward over southern New Mexico tonight and Tuesday morning before exiting eastward Tuesday afternoon. Cold air that arrived with a back door cold front this morning will set the stage for a few to several inches of snow accumulation, most of which will occur across central and western areas tonight into Monday night.
Farther east, snow will be on the lighter side tonight before intensifying Monday night. However, some light ice accumulation will be possible tonight into Monday morning along and east of a line from Dunken to Tucumcari due to a wintry mix of light freezing rain and sleet. As usual, the mountains will receive the most snow with over a foot possible on higher peaks. For the latest road conditions visit nmroads.com or dial 511.
WINTER Storm Warning REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST TUESDAY…
- Snow accumulations: 4 to 8 inches…except locally over one foot on higher peaks.
- Timing: Rain and snow this evening will changeover to all snow by late tonight, then continue into Tuesday. Rain may mix with snow at lower elevations Monday afternoon, before changing over to snow again Monday evening. Some additional light snow will be possible Tuesday, mainly across the northern mountains, northeast highlands and east central highlands.
- Winds: East and southeast from 10 to 30 mph this evening before gradually weakening during the late night hours. Persisting out of the east and northeast around 5 to 10 mph Monday, before strengthening to 10 to 20 mph out of the north across the northern mountains and northeast highlands late Monday night and Tuesday.
- Snow levels: Temperatures will be cold enough for snow at most locations by late tonight. Lifting between 6000 to 8000 feet Monday afternoon before falling to valley bottoms again Monday evening.
- LOCAL IMPACTS: Roads will become snowpacked and icy. Periods of blowing snow may reduce visibilities over the northern mountains and northeast Late Monday night into Tuesday.
A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.