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First day of winter kicks off with special advisory and Winter Storm Watch for the area

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Much of northern and central New Mexico to see snowfall begin Tuesday and last through Wednesday

By The Staff

Today's winter solstice--the shortest day of the year--also ushers in the first official day of winter. It appears as though Old Man Winter will waste little time in getting down to work.

Monday morning, the National Weather Service issued the following Special Weather Statement for the Jemez Mountains area of New Mexico:

A WINTRY PERIOD AHEAD OF THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY...

A LARGE PACIFIC WEATHER SYSTEM MAKING LANDFALL IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST TODAY WILL MOVE RAPIDLY INTO NEVADA TONIGHT. THIS WILL BRING THE FIRST PUSH OF WINTRY WEATHER INTO NORTHWEST NEW MEXICO ON TUESDAY... WITH PRECIPITATION SPREADING TO THE SOUTH AND EAST TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY. THE SNOW WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH LATE WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

A COLD FRONT WILL RACE ACROSS THE STATE LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY WITH SIGNIFICANT DROPS IN TEMPERATURE AND BRISK NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS ACROSS THE SOUTH AND EAST. TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST TO REMAIN WELL BELOW NORMAL THROUGH THE UPCOMING HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

THE EXACT LOCATION AND AMOUNT OF THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS SOMEWHAT CERTAIN. HOWEVER... MUCH OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO WILL LIKELY SEE SNOW FROM THIS STORM. SUBSTANTIAL ACCUMULATIONS ARE MOST LIKELY OVER THE NORTHERN AND WESTERN HIGH TERRAIN WHERE TRAVEL WILL BE DIFFICULT.


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