Winter Storm Warning Tuesday Night Through Wednesday

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Winter Storm Warning Tuesday Night Through Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Northern and Central New Mexico.

Winter storm may bring significant travel impacts to portions of Northern and Central New Mexico Christmas night through late Wednesday night.

Widespread hazardous travel conditions are possible across parts of northern and central New Mexico starting Christmas night and continuing through late Wednesday night. A storm system will dive into the Desert Southwest for Tuesday, allowing precipitation to develop across western New Mexico. Snow levels between 6,000 and 7,000 feet that will lower to the valley floors Tuesday night. Though a heavy band of snow is possible over western New Mexico Tuesday

night, more widespread heavy snow is possible throughout northern and northeast New Mexico Wednesday into Wednesday night. There is still some uncertainty on how quickly this system will depart the state, and this may have an impact on snow accumulations across this region.

While it is too early to pinpoint total accumulations, snowfall in excess of 4 inches is possible along the northern and western high terrain, with the potential for 2 or more inches along the

Interstate 25 corridor in northeast New Mexico and Interstate 40 in western New Mexico. Difficult to severe travel conditions are possible.

Those with travel or outdoor plans across Northern and Central New Mexico Christmas night through late Wednesday night should monitor the latest forecasts at https://www.weather.gov/abq/ or your preferred media outlet. For the latest travel conditions visit www.nmroads.com or dial 5-1-1.


.Day One…Today and Tonight

Strong wind gusts up to 40 or 45 mph will develop along the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and adjacent highlands to include the locations near Las Vegas and Clines Corners. The strongest winds should occur during the afternoon hours before gradually weakening this evening. Cross winds could result in difficult travel conditions, especially along portions of Interstate 25 in northeast New Mexico.

Days Two Through Seven…Tuesday through Sunday

A storm system will bring winter weather conditions to Northern and Central New Mexico Tuesday night through late Wednesday night. Rain and snow showers will impact western and central New Mexico Tuesday night with moderate to heavy snow possible in the northern mountains for Wednesday. The storm system will depart the northeast plains on Wednesday night. Holiday travel impacts appear likely, including the major travel corridors of Interstates 25 and 40 as well as Highways 285 and 550.

Another winter storm may impact parts of Northern and Central New Mexico Thursday into Friday. This system will be notably colder and may bring a second round of hazardous travel conditions.


Impacted areas:

Northwest Plateau-Chuska Mountains-Far Northwest Highlands-Northwest Highlands-West Central Plateau-West Central Mountains-West Central Highlands-Southwest Mountains-San Francisco River Valley-San Juan Mountains-Jemez Mountains-West Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-Northern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet/Red River-Southern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet-East Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-Upper Rio Grande Valley-Lower Chama River Valley-Santa Fe Metro Area-Middle Rio Grande Valley/Albuquerque Metro Area-Lower Rio Grande Valley-Sandia/Manzano Mountains-Estancia Valley-Central Highlands-South Central Highlands-Upper Tularosa Valley-South Central Mountains-Raton Ridge/Johnson Mesa-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-