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Colder, drier air en route for turkey day

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The National Weather Service issued the following Special Weather Statement Wednesday morning:

MUCH COLDER AIR SPREADING FROM NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST LATER TODAY INTO THANKSGIVING... WIND ADVISORY FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN NEW MEXICO TODAY...

A QUICK HITTING WINTRY WEATHER SYSTEM MOVING SOUTHEAST FROM THE CENTRAL ROCKIES WILL BRUSH NORTH AND PORTIONS OF CENTRAL NEW MEXICO TODAY AND TONIGHT WITH SCATTERED PRECIPITATION... MORE SNOW THAN RAIN... AND SOME STRONG WINDS. A STRONG COLD FRONT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS STORM WILL MOVE THROUGH NEW MEXICO TODAY INTO TONIGHT. AHEAD OF THE FRONT...

WINDY CONDITIONS WILL BECOME MORE WIDESPREAD LATE THIS MORNING INTO THE AFTERNOON WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS LIKELY TO OCCUR NEAR AND ESPECIALLY SOME DISTANCE EAST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN. STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS BETWEEN 25 AND 40 MPH WITH GUSTS BETWEEN 45 AND 55 MPH WILL CONTINUE OVER ALL OF THESE AREAS THROUGH LATE THIS AFTERNOON. ELSEWHERE BREEZY TO WINDY CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL.

AS THE STRONG COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH THE STATE TONIGHT AND EARLY THANKSGIVING DAY IT WILL GUIDE MUCH COLDER AND DRIER AIR INTO THE STATE WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES RUNNING 15 TO 25 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL ON THURSDAY... ONLY REACHING THE MID 20S TO LOWER 30S ACROSS MUCH OF NORTH AND NORTHWEST NEW MEXICO AND MID 30S TO MID 40S FOR CENTRAL AND EAST CENTRAL LOCATIONS.

IN ADDITION TO THE WIND AND COLDER TEMPERATURES... ANYWHERE FROM 1 TO 4 INCHES OF SPOTTY SNOW ACCUMULATION IS ANTICIPATED LATER TODAY INTO EARLY THURSDAY ACROSS THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS WITH A DUSTING TO A MORE LOCALIZED 2 OR 3 INCHES ACROSS THE WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS. STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE SOME BLOWING SNOW AND OCCASIONALLY REDUCED VISIBILITY.

WINDS WILL DIMINISH AND PRECIPITATION WILL END THURSDAY WITH CLEAR AND VERY COLD CONDITIONS SETTLING OVER THE REGION THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING... BY FAR THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES SO FAR THIS SEASON. LOWS FRIDAY MORNING WILL RANGE FROM BETWEEN NEGATIVE 10 AND 15 DEGREES TO THE SINGLE DIGITS ABOVE ZERO IN NORTH AND WEST CENTRAL NEW MEXICO WITH 10 TO 20 DEGREES ABOVE ZERO LIKELY ACROSS CENTRAL AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE.

WARMER AND DRY CONDITIONS WILL RETURN TO NEW MEXICO FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.

THOSE TRAVELING OR PLANNING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES WEDNESDAY AND THANKSGIVING SHOULD STAY ABREAST OF THE LATEST FORECASTS.