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Much colder weather expected to slam area by Friday

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

SOME WINTRY WEATHER STILL POSSIBLE FOR PORTIONS OF THE EASTERN PLAINS LATER TONIGHT...

... SIGNIFICANTLY COLDER FRIDAY INTO THE WEEKEND WITH POTENTIAL FOR STRONG WINDS CENTRAL AND EAST FRIDAY...

PRECIPITATION STILL LOOKS LIKELY TONIGHT ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE EASTERN PLAINS AS A STORM SYSTEM TRACKS NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS NORTHERN MEXICO AND WEST TEXAS... BUT FORECAST MODELS CONTINUE TO TREND TOWARDS MINIMAL AMOUNTS OF ACCUMULATING SNOW OVER THE REGION.

FORECASTING THE PRECIPITATION TYPE ASSOCIATED WITH THE STORM IS STILL CHALLENGING DUE TO VERY BORDERLINE TEMPERATURES IN THE LOW AND MIDDLE LAYERS OF THE ATMOSPHERE AND SOME UNCERTAINTY AS TO EXACTLY WHEN ANY CHANGEOVER TO SNOW WILL OCCUR... THUS THE UNCERTAINTY IN SNOW ACCUMULATION AMOUNTS EXPECTED. MOST LIKELY NO MORE THAN AN INCH OR LOCALLY 2 INCHES OF WET SNOW SHOULD ACCUMULATE IN THE EASTERN PLAINS AND THAT AMOUNT OR EVEN LESS ACROSS THE SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS.

ONCE THIS STORM EXITS... ANOTHER MUCH COLDER SYSTEM IS FORECAST TO IMPACT NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO. ACCUMULATING SNOW IS POSSIBLE STARTING A LITTLE LATER THURSDAY NIGHT IN THE NORTHWEST MOUNTAINS AND WEST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE AND CONTINUING INTO FRIDAY... THOUGH DIMINISHING SOME AS THE DAY PROGRESSES. STRONG AND GUSTY SOUTHWEST TO WEST WINDS WILL USHER IN SIGNIFICANTLY COLDER AIR FROM WEST TO EAST OVER THE STATE FRIDAY.

THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE MOST LIKELY FROM THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN ACROSS THE EASTERN PLAINS FRIDAY WHERE A HIGH WIND WATCH IS IN EFFECT. DAYTIME TEMPERATURES WILL FALL TO 10 TO 20 DEGREES BELOW AVERAGE AND ARE EXPECTED TO STAY THERE FOR MUCH OF NEXT WEEK AS A COLD NORTHWEST TO NORTH FLOW ALOFT LINGERS OVER NEW MEXICO.

WITH THE ACCUMULATING SNOW POTENTIAL REMAINING SOMEWHAT UNCERTAIN IN THE EASTERN PLAINS... THOSE PLANNING TRAVEL OR HAVING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES TONIGHT ACROSS EASTERN NEW MEXICO SHOULD STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST FORECASTS. WATCHES... WARNINGS OR ADVISORIES ARE POSSIBLE FOR THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY FOR NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO FOR WINTRY AND WINDY WEATHER.