MAJOR WINTER STORM SHUTTING DOWN PARTS OF NM TONIGHT!

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Winter Storm Warning For Eddy County!

The Midland National Weather Service Office has upgraded the Winter Storm Watch that was in effect for Eddy County to a Winter Storm Warning. This Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from 11 PM MST tonight into 5 PM MST on Friday. New snowfall totals of 3" - 5" are now forecast to fall over the local area tonight into Friday. Locally higher totals may fall in some locations.

They have also issued a Winter Storm Watch for Eddy County that will be in effect from Friday afternoon into Christmas afternoon. New snowfall accumulations of 1" - 4" is forecast to fall over the local area. This will come on top of the snow that falls tonight into tomorrow.

Storm total snowfall accumulations are expected to exceed 9" in Eddy County. Some areas may receive even greater totals by Christmas Eve night. More on this latest Major Winter Storm that is poised to pound the state and local area later this evening.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 11 PM MST Friday night for Chaves County. New snow accumulations of 3" - 5" are expected, with the heaviest totals across the western part of the county.

A Winter Storm Warning continues in effect until 11 PM MST Friday for Lincoln County. New snowfall accumulations of 6" -12" are expected above 7,500', with heavier totals likely across the higher east facing slopes. Below 7,500' new snowfall accumulations will be around 4" - 8".

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Otero County until 5 AM MST Christmas Eve morning. New snowfall accumulations of 6" -10" are expected, with higher totals along the higher east facing slopes.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Lea County valid from 8 AM MST through 5 PM MST Friday. New snowfall accumulations of 1" -4" will be possible by Friday afternoon.

A cold, and deepening upper-level storm was located over southwestern Arizona at sunset this evening. It will continue to strengthen over southern Arizona tonight into tomorrow morning. Pieces of upper-level energy will rotate northeastward across the area tonight into tomorrow. These disturbances will interact with the cold moist easterly upslope low-level flow that is now entrenched over the state to produce rounds of snow, heavy at times. This will be a slow moving but very powerful Winter Storm, and may not move east of the area until Christmas Eve night. Stay tuned...this one will likely be one to remember and one for the records books too.

Areas of heavy snow, along with areas of blowing and drifting snow, created by north to northeasterly winds at around 20-30 mph with gusts to near 40 mph in places tonight, along with very poor visibilites, which will be dropping down to less than 1/2 of a mile, will create very dangerous, if not impossible driving conditions across much of the local area, as well across other parts of the state tonight into Friday.

Road closures are a real possibility across many parts of New Mexico, including SE NM, tonight into at least Friday, if not longer in some areas. Please visit this link for the latest Road Conditions across New Mexico. It simply may become too dangerous to travel across many of the state's roadways tonight through at least Friday!

Dangerous wind chill values will develop across many areas of the state tonight into Friday as well. Some areas may see wind chill values below zero, will most of SE NM will experience wind chill values in the single digits and teens.

Additional Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories cover all of New Mexico for tonight into Friday. For all of the latest up to date information concerning this next Major Winter Storm that is pounding New Mexico and surrounding areas, please visit our local National Weather Service Offices via their web pages listed below.


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  1. Thanks for sharing the updates of the snow removal services. You need to hire the commercial ice control who helps in controlling the snow in many of areas.

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