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Winter Storm Watch

Statement as of 3:59 AM MDT on April 27, 2017

Expires 5:00 AM EDT on April 30, 2017


... Winter Storm Watch in effect from late Friday night through
late Saturday night...

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Winter
Storm Watch, which is in effect from late Friday night through
late Saturday night.

* Snow accumulations... could be significant with 6 to 12 inches
over portions of northeast New Mexico and the Sangre de Cristo
Mountains.

* Timing... snow will become heavier and more widespread late
Friday night through Saturday, then taper off late Saturday
evening.

* Winds... north 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 45 mph
Saturday.

* Snow levels... snow levels will fall rapidly early Saturday
morning so temperatures will quickly become cold enough for
snow at all locations.

* Local impacts... travel may become hazardous or impossible over
portions of northeast New Mexico Saturday, especially on
Interstate 25 in the Raton Pass area, and highways 64 and 87
from Raton to Clayton.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Remember, a Winter Storm Watch means conditions are favorable for
a hazardous winter weather event in and close to the watch area.
Monitor the latest forecasts at weather.Gov/abq, listen
to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite media outlet.





Wind Advisory

Statement as of 3:42 AM MDT on April 27, 2017

Expires 9:00 PM EDT on April 27, 2017


... Wind Advisory in effect from 11 am this morning to 7 PM MDT
this evening...

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Wind
Advisory, which is in effect from 11 am this morning to 7 PM MDT
this evening.

* Location... this includes all of eastern New Mexico, the
Estancia, upper Tularosa, middle and lower Rio Grande Valley and
much of western New Mexico near and south of Interstate 40.

* Winds... westerly at 25 to 35 mph with gusts between 50 and 55
mph.

* Timing... winds will increase late this morning, peak during the
afternoon, and diminish early this evening.

* Visibility... locally reduced in dust prone locations.

* Local impacts... strong cross winds are expected on north to
south oriented roadways which may make driving difficult for
high profile vehicles.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Motorists should exercise caution while travelling. Sudden gusts
of wind may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Extra
attention should be given to cross winds.



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Special Statement

Statement as of 4:28 AM MDT on April 27, 2017

Expires 7:00 AM EDT on April 27, 2017


... Significant late season winter storm to hit northern and
central New Mexico late Friday through early Sunday...

An unseasonably cold upper level low pressure system and
associated cold front will bring much colder temperatures to
northern and central New Mexico this weekend, along with rain
showers, thunderstorms, snow and strong and gusty winds.

Friday will start out with relatively high snow levels, so
any accumulating snow will be relegated to the higher terrain of
the north and west. Strong and gusty west winds may Rake portions
of the south as well. As colder air spreads in from the
northwest Friday night, snow will increase in coverage and
intensity over the western and northern mountains.

The focus for significant accumulating snow will shift to the
Sangre de Cristo Mountains and northeast New Mexico Saturday as a
vigorous cold front is forecast to plunge into the region, turning
any rain rapidly to snow. Northerly wind gusts to 45 mph will
create areas of reduced visibilities in blowing and drifting snow.

Some major travel corridors will be impacted by accumulating
snow and blowing snow, especially Interstate 25 between Glorieta
Pass and Raton Pass, highways 64 and 87 from Raton to Clayton and
possibly Interstate 40 between Tijeras Canyon and Santa Rosa.

After high temperatures Saturday ranging from 20 to 35 degrees
below average, a late season freeze is forecast Saturday night
into Sunday morning for much of northern and central New Mexico. A
number of lower elevation locales may even experience a hard
freeze, which could damage or kill tender vegetation.

Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, weather.Gov/abq or your local media
for the latest updates on this evolving winter storm.



856 PM MDT Wed Apr 26 2017

... Significant late season winter storm to hit northern and
central New Mexico late Friday through early Sunday...

An unusually cold upper level low pressure system and associated
cold front will bring accumulating snow and freezing temperatures
at the end of the week. Rain showers, thunderstorms and mountain
snow showers will commence Friday, then increase in coverage with
snow spreading to many lower elevation locations Friday night
through Saturday. Significant snow accumulation is expected in the
northern mountains and across northeast New Mexico. Major travel
corridors will be impacted by accumulating snow, especially
Interstate 25 between Glorieta Pass and Raton Pass and possibly
Interstate 40 between Tijeras Canyon and Santa Rosa.

In addition to snow impacts, a late season freeze is forecast
Saturday night into Sunday morning at a number of lower elevation
locations that are already beyond their average last freeze date.
A number of lower elevation locales may even experience a hard
freeze, which could damage or kill local agriculture.

Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, weather.Gov/abq or your local media
for the latest updates on this evolving winter storm.


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856 PM MDT Wed Apr 26 2017

... Significant late season winter storm to hit northern and
central New Mexico late Friday through early Sunday...

An unusually cold upper level low pressure system and associated
cold front will bring accumulating snow and freezing temperatures
at the end of the week. Rain showers, thunderstorms and mountain
snow showers will commence Friday, then increase in coverage with
snow spreading to many lower elevation locations Friday night
through Saturday. Significant snow accumulation is expected in the
northern mountains and across northeast New Mexico. Major travel
corridors will be impacted by accumulating snow, especially
Interstate 25 between Glorieta Pass and Raton Pass and possibly
Interstate 40 between Tijeras Canyon and Santa Rosa.

In addition to snow impacts, a late season freeze is forecast
Saturday night into Sunday morning at a number of lower elevation
locations that are already beyond their average last freeze date.
A number of lower elevation locales may even experience a hard
freeze, which could damage or kill local agriculture.

Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, weather.Gov/abq or your local media
for the latest updates on this evolving winter storm.


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