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Cold front set to deliver a winter punch

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The National Weather Service has issued the following special weather statement:

MUCH COLDER AIR INVADING EASTERN NEW MEXICO THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...

A STRONG COLD FRONT LYING FROM THE CENTRAL ROCKIES TO THE OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE AND EASTWARD ACROSS THE U.S. MIDWEST WILL PLUNGE SOUTH AND WEST INTO NEW MEXICO OVERNIGHT... BRINGING SHARPLY COLDER TEMPERATURES TO THE EASTERN HALF OF THE STATE.

EASTERLY WINDS GUSTING THROUGH CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN GAPS WILL REACH THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY OVERNIGHT... WITH EASTERLY GUSTS CONTINUING THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

TUESDAY DAYTIME HIGHS WILL FALL 20 TO 30 DEGREES SHORT OF THOSE OBSERVED ON A MILD VETERANS DAY... WITH TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE EASTERN PLAINS PLUNGING TO 15 TO 25 DEGREES BELOW MID NOVEMBER NORMALS. LESS DRAMATIC DROPS ARE FORECAST FOR CENTRAL LOCATIONS... WITH SPOTS IN THE WEST AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT ENJOYING ONE LAST AFTERNOON OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES.

WITH THE COLD AIR BARRELING OUT OF THE HIGH COUNTRY OF NORTHWEST CANADA... THE AIR MASS WILL BE QUITE DRY. SPOTTY SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP ALONG THE FRONT AS IT MAKES SOUTHWARD AND WESTWARD PROGRESS... WITH RAIN CHANGING OVER TO SNOW MAINLY FROM INTERSTATE 40 NORTHWARD TO THE COLORADO LINE OVER THE NORTHEAST PORTION OF THE STATE. WITH LITTLE MOISTURE... SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE MODEST... RANGING FROM A DUSTING IN A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW... TO A SCANT INCH OR TWO OVER THE SANGRE DE CRISTO HIGH COUNTRY.

TEMPERATURES WILL REBOUND ON WEDNESDAY TO KEEP THIS BOUT OF COLDER WEATHER SHORT LIVED.

THOSE PLANNING TRAVEL OR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING SHOULD KEEP INFORMED WITH THE LATEST FORECASTS AND STATEMENTS AS PLANS TAKE SHAPE.

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