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Arctic front heads in, promises high winds and bitter cold

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By The Staff

Here's the latest update from the National Weather Service issued Wednesday morning:

AN ARCTIC AIRMASS IS SET TO INVADE THE EASTERN PLAINS TODAY... LIGHT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE...

AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL PUSH RAPIDLY SOUTH THROUGH THE NORTHEAST PLAINS OF NEW MEXICO AROUND MIDDAY AND THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE EASTERN PLAINS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THE FRONT WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY NORTHERLY WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS EXCEEDING 40 MPH... MUCH COLDER TEMPERATURES AND SNOW SHOWERS. THE BULK OF THE SNOW SHOWER ACTIVITY WILL BECOME FOCUSED ALONG THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN TONIGHT WHERE LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS OF AN INCH OR TWO WILL BE POSSIBLE.

TEMPERATURES OVERNIGHT WILL DROP INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS OVER THE NORTHEAST PLAINS WITH LOWER TO MIDDLE TEENS OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS AND EASTERN PLAINS. GUSTY WINDS WILL CREATE WIND CHILL VALUES OF 5 BELOW TO 15 BELOW ZERO ESPECIALLY FOR AREAS TO THE NORTH OF INTERSTATE 40. THE FRONT WILL GRADUALLY EDGE INTO THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY BY THURSDAY MORNING... BRINGING THE POTENTIAL FOR SOME GUSTY EAST CANYON WINDS.

AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL SPREAD ANOTHER ROUND OF SNOW SHOWERS ACROSS THE HIGH TERRAIN OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING. THERE IS SOME UNCERTAINTY WITH THE TRACK AND STRENGTH OF THIS SYSTEM BUT IT APPEARS THAT AN INCH OR TWO OF SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE.