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HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
517 AM MST THU JAN 29 2015

NMZ501>540-301300-
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 CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER-
SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET-
EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-
LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY-SANTA FE METRO AREA-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-
517 AM MST THU JAN 29 2015

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH AND CENTRAL
NEW MEXICO.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION WILL DEVELOP TONIGHT IN ADVANCE OF AN
UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM MOVING TOWARD SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. THIS
COMBINED WITH A BACK DOOR COLD FRONT MOVING THROUGH THE AREA TODAY
WILL YIELD THE POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT AND HEAVY SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ACROSS THE WESTERN AND CENTRAL
MOUNTAINS WILL BEGIN TONIGHT.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY

PRECIPITATION WILL EXPAND FRIDAY ACROSS ALL OF NORTHERN AND
CENTRAL NEW MEXICO AND THIS WIDESPREAD AND OCCASIONALLY HEAVY
PRECIPITATION WILL CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY. SNOW LEVELS WILL
FLUCTUATE...THUS LOWER ELEVATIONS...MAINLY BELOW 7000 FEET...MAY
SEE A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW. HEAVY WET SNOW MAY COMPROMISE THE
STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY OF SOME ROOF TOPS...ESPECIALLY AT ELEVATIONS
ABOVE 9000 FEET WHERE GREATER THAN A FOOT OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE.

WEATHER CAN CHANGE VERY RAPIDLY. ALWAYS USE THE LATEST FORECASTS...
WATCHES AND WARNINGS FOR PLANNING PURPOSES.

.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.

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Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
508 AM MST THU JAN 29 2015

...HEAVY SNOW EVENT COMING TO NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO
TONIGHT INTO THE WEEKEND....

.A SLOW MOVING PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM HEADING FOR SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA AND WESTERN ARIZONA WILL BRING COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF
MOISTURE TO THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT. ADDITIONALLY...A SURFACE COLD
FRONT ARRIVING TODAY WILL COOL TEMPERATURES CONSIDERABLY.  THE
GREATEST IMPACTS FROM THIS LONG DURATION WINTER WEATHER EVENT WILL
BE FELT ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS WHERE SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS ARE
EXPECTED. SOME UNCERTAINTY REMAINS WHETHER PRECIPITATION WILL BE
MAINLY SNOW OR MAINLY RAIN AT LOWER ELEVATIONS. PRECIPITATION WILL
COME TO AN END BY LATE SATURDAY AS THE STORM SHIFTS FURTHER SOUTH
AND EAST ACROSS NORTHERN MEXICO AND DRY AIR MOVES ACROSS THE STATE
FROM THE NORTHWEST.

NMZ519-292300-
/O.CON.KABQ.WS.A.0004.150130T1500Z-150201T0000Z/
ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-
508 AM MST THU JAN 29 2015

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING
THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON...

A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING
THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 INCHES
  OR MORE ARE POSSIBLE...MAINLY AT ELEVATIONS AROUND AND ABOVE
  6000 FEET. THIS INCLUDES THE ALBUQUERQUE FOOTHILLS...
  PLACITAS... WESTERN RIO RANCHO AND THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS OF THE
  ALBUQUERQUE WEST MESA.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL START FRIDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE THROUGH
  MUCH OF THE DAY ON SATURDAY BEFORE GRADUALLY TAPERING OFF.

* WINDS...EAST TO SOUTHEAST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 45
  MPH BELOW CANYONS FRIDAY OTHERWISE LIGHTER WINDS ARE EXPECTED
  WITH THIS STORM SYSTEM.

* SNOW LEVELS...SNOW LEVELS WILL FLUCTUATE...RISING TO NEAR 6000
  FEET DURING THE AFTERNOONS...AND FALLING BACK TO NEAR 5000
  FEET DURING THE LATE NIGHTS AND EARLY MORNINGS. THE
  SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS WILL GENERALLY BE CONFINED TO
  ELEVATIONS NEAR AND ABOVE 6000 FEET.

* LOCAL IMPACTS...HEAVY WET SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE ON SOME ROADS...
  MAKING TRAVEL DIFFICULT. WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE.

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.

&&

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