Potential For Damaging Winds Wednesday Night

by Reporter / Dec 11, 2018 / 0 comments

Potential For Damaging Winds Wednesday Night

Special Weather Statement from the National Weather Service, Albuquerque, N.M.

A potent cold front will bring strong to damaging winds and some snow to portions of Northern and Central New Mexico Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

The polar jet stream will dip south from the Great Basin across New Mexico Wednesday night, spreading strong winds over the state both ahead of and behind a potent cold front. Windy conditions will develop late Wednesday, but the strongest winds will be during the overnight hours into early Thursday morning behind the front. Strong to damaging winds are likely over the central and southern mountains and across the eastern plains, especially near the Texas border.

In addition to strong winds, areas of snow and blowing snow will develop across the northern mountains late Wednesday then spread southeast across the plains Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. Several inches of snow accumulation is possible in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and along the Raton Ridge, with lesser amounts elsewhere. The bigger impact will likely be blowing snow, which will affect portions of the Interstate 25 and Interstate 40 corridors across eastern New Mexico.

Those with travel or outdoor plans across New Mexico Wednesday night through Thursday morning should monitor the latest forecasts at weather.gov/abq or your preferred media outlet. Significant travel impacts are possible with this storm system across portions of

northern and central New Mexico. For the latest travel conditions visit nmroads.com or dial 5-1-1.

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-330 AM MST




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