Powerful Winter Storm Moves Across NM Today Into Saturday.
Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for western and northern New Mexico. High Wind Watches and Wind Advisories cover Southeastern New Mexico and parts of West Texas.
Valid At 11 PM MST Thursday Night.
A powerful winter storm that has buried Arizona in heavy snow is forecast to move slowly eastward into New Mexico today into Saturday. Heavy snows are forecast across parts of the state today into tonight. High winds and blowing dust will rake the plains east of the central mountain chain late tonight into Saturday.
Valid At 11 PM MST Friday Night.
Valid At 8 PM MST Friday Evening.
A Pacific cold front will race across the state tonight as the upper level storm to our west moves slowly eastward today into Saturday across the area. This fast eastward moving cold front will produce very strong winds across the local area. Westerly winds are forecast to become sustained at around 25 to 40 mph tonight with gusts near 50 to 60 mph. The front is forecast to arrive in the Pecos Valley before midnight tonight.
Westerly winds are forecast to become sustained at around 35 to 55 mph with gusts to around 65 to 75 mph across the Guadalupe Mountains this evening through Saturday.
Localized areas of blowing dust may pose a few travel problems along some of our roadways. This like always will be especially true along and near freshly plowed or exposed farms lands, fields, lots, and construction sites. Localized areas of blow dust may suddenly drop the visibility down to near zero in and near these areas with little to no advanced warning.
As the front races eastward across the local area tonight a thin line of rain and snow showers will accompany it. Overall precipitation totals across the Southeastern Plains is forecast to be light with generally less than two tenths of an inch totals forecast. Rain may briefly change over to or mix with snow but as of early this Friday morning significant accumulations are not forecast for the Southeastern Plains.
Ski Apache west of Ruidoso is forecast to pick up between 7" and 13" of fresh powder from this incoming winter storm. Ruidoso is forecast to get 2" to 4" and Cloudcroft 5" to 7".
NWS NDFD Snowfall/Rainfall Forecast.
New single-day snowfall record has been set in Flagstaff, AZ. Officially, 35.9" of snow was measured at the Flagstaff Airport yesterday (Feb 21). #azwx pic.twitter.com/wc1Cvzw4JJ— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) February 22, 2019
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