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Hazardous Weather Outlook

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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Short Term Forecast

SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
1059 PM MST THU JAN 29 2015

NMZ507-510>529-539-540-300900-
ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA-CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-
EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY-
ESTANCIA VALLEY-FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-JEMEZ MOUNTAINS-
LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY-LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS-
NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER-
RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA-SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS-
SANTA FE METRO AREA-SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-
SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTOS ABOVE 9500 FEET-SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY-
UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY-UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY-WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-
WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ALBUQUERQUE...LOS LUNAS...RIO RANCHO...
ANGEL FIRE...MORA...CAPULIN...CARRIZOZO...CHAMA...CLINES CORNERS...
ELK...ESPANOLA...GRAN QUIVIRA...GRANTS...LAS VEGAS...LOS ALAMOS...
MORIARTY/ESTANCIA...PECOS...CERRO/QUESTA...PICACHO...RATON...
SPRINGER...RED RIVER...RUIDOSO...SANDIA PARK/CEDAR CREST...TIJERAS...
SANTA FE...SOCORRO...TAOS
1059 PM MST THU JAN 29 2015

.NOW...
INTO THE LATE NIGHT HOURS...RAIN AND SNOW WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE
AND INTENSITY FROM THE EAST SLOPES OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN
WESTWARD TO THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE. THE SNOW LEVEL SHOULD GRADUALLY
LOWER TO AROUND 6500 FEET. THEREFORE...PERIODS OF SNOW MAY IMPACT
INTERSTATE 40 WEST AND EAST OF ALBUQUERQUE...AND INTERSTATE 25
FROM LA BAJADA HILL NORTHWARD. AROUND 1 OR 2 INCHES OF NEW SNOW
ACCUMULATION WILL BE POSSIBLE MAINLY ALONG WEST FACING SLOPES OF THE
MOUNTAINS BY 2 AM MST. FOR THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS VISIT NM
ROADS.COM OR DIAL 511.

$$

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Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
1025 PM MST THU JAN 29 2015

...HEAVY SNOW EVENT STILL EXPECTED FOR NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW
MEXICO LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY...

.A SLOW MOVING PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM WITH MOIST/SUBTROPICAL AIR
AHEAD OF IT WILL INTERACT WITH A COOLER LOW LEVEL AIR MASS OVER
NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO TO CREATE A MIX OF RAIN/SNOW AND
EVEN THE POSSIBILITY OF SLEET MIXING IN AT TIMES IN SOME LOCALES.
SNOW ACCUMULATION LEVELS WILL VARY AS THIS EVENT PROGRESSES AND
ALSO BETWEEN THE AFTERNOON AND NIGHTIME HOURS. EXPECT A
SIGNIFICANT SNOW GRADIENT BETWEEN THE LOWER AND UPPER ELEVATIONS
OF THE FORECAST ZONES.

NMZ502-506-508-524>526-539-301230-
/O.CON.KABQ.WS.W.0004.000000T0000Z-150201T0000Z/
CHUSKA MOUNTAINS-WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS-
SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS-UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY-
SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY-
1025 PM MST THU JAN 29 2015

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST
SATURDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5
PM MST SATURDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...EXPECT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES
  BELOW 7500 FEET AND 8 TO 14 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET. LOCALLY
  BETWEEN 15 AND 20 INCHES POSSIBLE ACROSS THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY WITH FEW IF ANY
  BREAKS BEFORE TAPERING OFF SATURDAY NIGHT.

* WINDS...NO SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED WITH THIS STORM
  SYSTEM.

* SNOW LEVELS...SNOW LEVELS WILL VARY BETWEEN 5500 AND 7000 FEET
  FOR THE MOST PART...BUT MAY RISE A LITTLE FURTHER FRIDAY NIGHT
  INTO SATURDAY.

* LOCAL IMPACTS...HEAVY WET SNOW IS EXPECTED TO ACCUMULATE ON
  ROADWAYS... ESPECIALLY IF SNOW RATES ARE HIGH. WINTER DRIVING
  CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW
ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN
EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...
AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

&&

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