Powerful Winter Storm Headed Our Way...Potentially Crippling Blizzard For The Texas Panhandle!

A powerful winter storm which is located over southeastern Utah this morning, will move southeastward today into tonight, and by around midnight it is forecast by this mornings 12Z NAM model to be located near Roswell, NM. Temperatures at the 500 millibar level, or roughly at the 18,000' level last night in the core of this storm, were down to -35C. Making this the coldest winter storm of the season to affect New Mexico.

The Albuquerque National Weather Service Office has issued a Winter Storm Warning for NE & E NM, as well as for eastern Lincoln County, and Chaves County. A Winter Weather Advisory covers the rest of Lincoln County.

3"- 6" of snow is forecast for these areas, along with Northerly winds at around 25-35 mph with gusts to near 50 mph this evening. Locally up to 8" of snow may fall across parts of eastern and northeastern New Mexico.

Near whiteout conditions will be possible in the above mentioned areas due to the heavy snow and blowing snow. Blowing snow may create significant snow drifts within some of these areas tonight into tomorrow. Travel may be significantly impacted.

A Blizzard Warning has been issued for southeastern Colorado, southwestern Kansas, western Oklahoma, as well as for the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles. Treacherous, perhaps even life threatening travel conditions will exists in these areas!

A High Wind Warning is in effect for Eddy and Culbertson Counties for today. A High Wind Watch is in effect for Monday. Southwesterly winds are forecast to increase to 30-40 mph with gusts near 60 mph. A High Wind Warning is also in effect for the Guadalupe Mountains where southwest to west winds are forecast to increase to 35-55 mph with gusts near 75 mph today.

A Wind Advisory covers Lea County and most of southern New Mexico today.

Areas of blowing dust are also likely across the area today. This will be especially true across the normally dust prone locations such as open or freshly plowed farmlands and fields, lots, and construction sites. Sudden drops in the visibility down to near zero with little to no advanced warning will be possible in some of these locations today. Some travel problems may develop across some of our local highways today and tomorrow due to the high winds and blowing dust.

A mix of light rain and snow is in our forecast across Eddy and Lea Counties for tonight into tomorrow. Artesia has a 40% chance of seeing snow tonight, and a 20% chance of rain and snow tomorrow. Carlsbad has a 10% chance of seeing snow tonight, and a 10% chance of rain and snow tomorrow. Hobbs has a 10% chance of seeing snow tonight, and a 30% chance of rain and snow tomorrow. Roswell has a 10% chance of rain today, a 40% chance of snow tonight, and a 20% chance of snow tomorrow.

Meanwhile my wife and I are in Ruidoso at the Inn of the Mountain of Gods celebrating our anniversary. She has caught herself a cold and is miserable. We plan on coming back home later this afternoon before the storm rolls in. May miss the snow in Ruidoso, but I bet we find the wind and dust once we drop back down into the Pecos Valley.

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  1. Nothing like a special trip, and to get a cold or flu. Too bad you couldn't enjoy seeing it snow up there.

    It's been trying to snow all morning here in Abq, but no dice - looking forward to the break in a week from this unending cold-unsettled pattern without much precip. (though I bet it lasts only a few days) Oops, I meant "unending warm weather". But the blizzard to the east could be worse!


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