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First in trio of storms on track for Monday night arrival

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By The Staff

The National Weather Service issued the following Winter Weather Advisory just before noon Monday:

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM MST TUESDAY...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM MST TUESDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 1 TO 3 INCHES... EXCEPT 3 TO 6 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET.

* TIMING... RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY THIS EVENING THEN CHANGE OVER TO ALL SNOW BY LATE IN THE EVENING. SNOW SHOWERS WILL BE MODERATE AT TIMES THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING... THEN DECREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

* WINDS... WEST TO SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH... EXCEPT STRONGER OVER RIDGE TOPS.

* SNOW LEVELS... SNOW LEVELS WILL BEGIN AROUND 8000 FEET EARLY THIS EVENING THEN DROP TO THE LOWEST ELEVATIONS BY MIDNIGHT. SNOW LEVELS WILL THEN RISE GRADUALLY TO NEAR 7500 FEET TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

* LOCAL IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ALONG WITH VISIBILITIES UNDER ONE MILE AT TIMES IN SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

MOTORISTS SHOULD BE ALERT TO CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND TAKE PRECAUTIONS IF TRAVEL IS NECESSARY.

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FIRST IN A SERIES OF WINTER STORMS TO STRIKE THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS TONIGHT AND TUESDAY...

A WAVE OF LOW PRESSURE COMBINED WITH MOIST FLOW OFF THE PACIFIC WILL ALLOW RAIN AND HIGHER TERRAIN SNOW SHOWERS TO DEVELOP OVER NEW MEXICO THROUGH THIS EVENING. MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY HEAVY SNOW WILL FALL OVERNIGHT INTO TUESDAY OVER THE NORTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS AND THE WEST SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL FAVOR THE NORTHWEST MOUNTAINS ABOVE 7500 FEET DURING THIS PERIOD. SNOW WILL DECREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON.