Much of New Mexico under winter storm or blizzard warning

Major storm. Blizzard conditions expected across the Middle Rio Grande Valley including Albuquerque Metro Area as well as the Sandia and Manzano Mountains.

National Weather Service Albuquerque NM Dec 27 2018

Moderate to heavy snow accumulation expected tonight through Saturday morning will create treacherous travel and extremely poor visibilities.

Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches expected in the Albuquerque Metro area, with the highest amounts on the west side of the city. Between 12 and 20 inches of snow is expected across the Sandia and Manzano Mountains, with locally higher amounts possible.

Elsewhere, very heavy snowfall is expected, with the highest amounts along and east of the central mountain chain, the Jemez Mountains and Mount Taylor, where one foot of snow will be common, and higher amounts likely along the east slopes.

Very cold temperatures will accompany this system. Wind chills will vary around 15 degrees F above zero to 15 degrees below zero F across most of northern and central New Mexico during the early morning hours both Friday and Saturday.

Wind gusts as high as 55 to 60 mph are expected through and downstream of mountain passes, including Tijeras Canyon, shortly after midnight through Friday afternoon.

Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Areas of blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility and white out conditions are likely. The hazardous conditions will impact the morning or evening commute on Friday. Strong winds could cause tree damage. Stay off roadways if at all possible.

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link

9 thoughts on “Much of New Mexico under winter storm or blizzard warning”

  1. Not only this, but about one month ago IT SNOWED IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. It wasn’t much, but “HOUSTON, TEXAS” !?!? Post from Fort Worth, TX

  2. Live in ABQ in the heights (foot hills of sandia)About 3inches of snow on east side of ABQ… above 5500 feet. much more higher up. Less than an inch in the valley and west side. Very cold here, lows tonight in the teens. Taos got 9 inches. More than a foot on Sierra Blanca in ruidoso. Most of the storm went well south and snowing now in Mexico. Jet stream meandering way south into Mexico.. not a typical pattern for the last decade. We know why thou….

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