National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Warning

by Reporter / Feb 18, 2019 / 0 comments

National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Warning

Winter storm warning in effect until 5 pm MST Tuesday

A potent winter storm system is expected to bring heavy snowfall of one to two feet across the northern mountains with near a foot along the east slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the I-25 corridor. Snow will expand across western and northern New Mexico today while a backdoor cold front will bring snow to Union County over to Raton. Snow will fill in over the northern half of the state late this afternoon with the heaviest snowfall occurring tonight through Tuesday morning across the northern mountains and northeast plains. The backdoor front will push south and west enhancing snowfall down the I-25 corridor from Raton to the Central Highlands and into the middle Rio Grande Valley Tuesday morning. Significant travel impacts are expected across much of northern and western New Mexico.

What...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 10  inches expected. Higher totals to between 1 and 2 feet in the   northern mountains. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph creating patches of blowing snow.

Where...Much of northern and western New Mexico.

When...Until 5 p.m.MST Tuesday, with the heaviest snow expected  tonight into Tuesday.

Additional Details...Travel will be very difficult to impossible from snow-packed and icy roads and reduced visibility.

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

The latest road conditions for New Mexico can be obtained by calling 5 1 1 or 1-800-432-4269.

Hazardous weather outlook through Saturday

Day One...Today and Tonight
A significant winter storm system remains on track for much of northern and central New Mexico today and tonight. This system will be very cold with the likelihood for widespread accumulating snow, blowing snow, reduced visibility, and difficult travel conditions.

Days Two Through Seven...Tuesday through Sunday
Another winter storm is poised to move into New Mexico late-day Thursday into Friday and perhaps Saturday. Significant snow accumulations are possible with this system, especially for the northwest half of the state.

Spotter information statement:
Spotters are encouraged to report snowfall amounts through the National Weather Service Albuquerque web site at weather.gov/abq or by calling 1.888.386.7637.

Impacted areas:

Northwest Plateau-Chuska Mountains-Far Northwest Highlands-Northwest Highlands-West Central Plateau-West Central Mountains-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-Raton Ridge/Johnson Mesa-Far Northeast Highlands-Northeast Highlands-Union County-Harding County-Eastern San Miguel County

Local forecast:

Presidents Day
A 30 percent chance of snow showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight
Snow showers. Low around 22. South wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Tuesday
Snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tuesday Night
Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 32. West wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 12.

Thursday
Isolated snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent

Thursday Night
Isolated snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent

Friday
Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Friday Night
Scattered snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 24. Chance of precipitation is 40 
percent.

Saturday
Isolated snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 14.

Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 35.

 

 

 

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