Winter Storm Watch Issued For Monday Evening Through Tuesday Evening

by Reporter / Dec 30, 2018 / 0 comments

Winter Storm Watch Issued For Monday Evening Through Tuesday Evening

Winter storm watch in effect from Monday evening through Tuesday evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

A storm system gathering strength over the Pacific Northwest will move southeast toward the Four Corners region Monday. Meanwhile, an arctic airmass over southern Canada will surge south and arrive in eastern New Mexico Monday afternoon. These two air masses will merge over New Mexico and develop into a significant winter storm for New Year`s Eve into New Year`s Day. Widespread snow, blowing snow, freezing fog, low visibility, and bitterly cold temperatures will likely result in major travel impacts over the region. The heaviest snowfall with this storm is expected to impact northern and western New Mexico, as well as the high plains of eastern New Mexico.

What...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations greater   than 4 inches below 7500 feet and greater than 10 inches above 7500 feet. The Albuquerque metro area may see a large range in snowfall amounts due to strong canyon winds over the city.

Where...West Central Highlands, Southwest Mountains, San   Francisco River Valley, Lower Chama River Valley, Santa Fe and   Albuquerque metro areas, Lower Rio Grande Valley, Sandia/Manzano   Mountains, and much of eastern New Mexico.

When...From Monday evening through Tuesday evening.

Additional details...Travel could be very difficult to impossible with snow, blowing snow, freezing fog, and low visibility. Road closures are possible.

Precautionary/preparedness actions: A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Impacted areas:
West Central Highlands-Southwest Mountains-San Francisco River 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-Harding County-Eastern San Miguel County-Guadalupe County-De Baca County-Eastern Lincoln County

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