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Friday, February 12, 2021

Dangerous Life-Threatening Winter Storm Sunday - Tuesday!

Valid At 5 AM MST Sunday.

Valid At 5 PM MST Sunday.

GFS Accumulated Ice Forecast.

Valid Today Through Next Wednesday.

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Valid At 6 AM MST Monday.

Dangerous Life-Threatening Winter Storm Sunday - Tuesday!

  • Winter Weather Advisories today. Winter Storm Watch Saturday night through Monday morning.
  • Freezing fog and freezing drizzle continues this morning. Local slick spots on roadways and highways. Another repeat of this tonight into Saturday morning. Light snow and sleet will also be possible tonight into Saturday morning. Highs 25ºF to 35ºF today. Lows tonight into Saturday morning 14ºF to 25ºF.
  • Main weather story Sunday into Tuesday as a closed mid-upper level low dives down from the northern Rockies into the Desert Southwest. A re-enforcing shot of arctic/polar air arrives Sunday with falling temperatures throughout the day.
  • Highs on Sunday ranging from near 10ºF to the mid 20's early. By afternoon single-digit temperatures are forecast with heavy snow, blowing snow, and drifting snow increasing area-wide. It's possible that some areas may experience near-blizzard if not blizzard conditions Sunday into Monday. 
  • Wind gusts to 50 mph on Sunday into Sunday night will create dangerous to life-threatening wind chill values. Wind chill readings of -20ºF to -30ºF will occur Sunday into Monday morning. 
  • Snowfall totals area-wide in the 4" to 6" range with locally higher amounts possible. The mountains will see up to a foot maybe more.
  • Heavy snow, blowing snow, drifting snow, and visibilities near zero at times all will combine to make travel area-wide dangerous and impossible in some locations. Whiteout conditions may develop. Road closures area-wide are a real possibility Saturday night through Monday morning.
  • Record low temperatures are forecast area-wide by Monday morning. Even the El Paso and Las Cruces areas may get down into the single digits Monday morning if not a few spots below zero.
  • Temperatures Sunday into Monday will be the lowest experienced in the area over the past 30 years. Low temperatures Monday morning will range from -5ºF to -15ºF locally. Record low high temperatures and record low temperatures are likely Sunday into Monday.
  • All preparations to protect your homes, property, livestock, pets and other animals should be completed by today. Stock up on food, water, medical supplies, and other necessities. Parts of the area may experience power outages at times. Make sure your vehicle is full of gas if you must travel especially this weekend into Monday. 
  • Widespread significant negative impacts to the areas ranching, farming, and Oil and Gas Industries is anticipated.
  • Carry blankets, extra jackets, and other cold-weather protection. If you are traveling across the open countryside make sure your loved ones, friends, or co-workers know your route and destination and times of expected arrival. Travel may be impossible Sunday into Monday in many areas. If you get stranded in the snow do not abandon your vehicle. Make sure your cell phone stays charged. If you are stranded in snowdrifts keep your vehicle running at times for heat but make sure your exhaust pipe stays clear of snow so carbon monoxide does not build up inside of your vehicle.  
  • For those of you who are asking and wondering. Yes, this event will be similar to the Blizzard of December 2015, and the brutal arctic cold outbreak of February 2011. If not possibly worse than both! 
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