Update: Winter Storm Warning

by Reporter / Jan 01, 2019 / 0 comments

Update: Winter Storm Warning

Wintry weather to continue over large portions of New Mexico until midnight tonight.

Snow will continue to impact large portions of New Mexico today as a very cold upper level storm system remains just west of the state. A modified arctic airmass also pushed into eastern and central New Mexico. Frigid temperatures will continue with widespread snow, blowing snow, freezing fog, and low visibility, leading to major travel impacts over the state. The heaviest snowfall with this storm is still expected to remain over western and northern New Mexico, especially over the higher terrain. However, significant snowfall has also been accumulating over portions of central to east-central New Mexico.

What...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations generally ranging from 3 to 7 inches for elevations below 7500 feet with higher amounts of 6 to 12 inches above 7500 feet. Locally higher amounts near 2 feet will be possible in the highest elevations above 10000 feet. Portions of the middle Rio Grande valley will be shadowed, and could receive much less snow ranging from a trace to 4 inches. East canyon winds will gust as high as 35 mph in parts of the Rio Gr

Where...Most of northern and much of central New Mexico.

When...Until midnight MST Tuesday night.

Additional details...Travel will remain difficult to impossible due to snow packed roads and low visibility. Very cold temperatures and low wind chill values are forecast through tonight into Wednesday night. Wind chill readings may fall to the single digits and even below zero in many areas.

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 or going to www.nmroads.com.

Impacted areas:

Northwest Plateau-Chuska Mountains-Far Northwest Highlands-Northwest Highlands-West Central Plateau-West Central Mountains-West Central Highlands-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-Sandia/Manzano Mountains-Estancia Valley-Central Highlands-Raton Ridge/Johnson Mesa-Far Northeast Highlands-Northeast Highlands-Eastern San Miguel County-Guadalupe County

 

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