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Much colder weather, maybe some snow this weekend

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This is a special statement from the National Weather Service:

SHARP TRANSITION TO WINTER COMING FOR THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT...

THE PROLONGED STRETCH OF UNSEASONABLY WARM WEATHER WILL COME TO A JARRING DEMISE THIS WEEKEND. TEMPERATURES WILL EASE DOWNWARD SLIGHTLY IN MORE LOCALES THAN NOT TODAY AND SATURDAY... BUT TEMPERATURES WILL REALLY CRASH SUNDAY AS A STORM SYSTEM AND ITS ASSOCIATED ARCTIC COLD FRONT BARRELS THROUGH THE STATE.

HIGH TEMPERATURES ON SUNDAY WILL BE BETWEEN 20 AND 25 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL ACROSS PORTIONS OF COLFAX AND UNION COUNTIES... A RADICAL CHANGE FROM THE RECENT WARM WEATHER. IN FACT... SOME AREAS OF THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS TO THE FAR NORTHEAST PLAINS WILL STAY BELOW FREEZING SUNDAY AFTERNOON. SUNDAY NIGHT WILL BE THE COLDEST SO FAR THIS SEASON... WITH MANY LOCATIONS ACROSS NORTHERN AND WEST CENTRAL NEW MEXICO BETWEEN 5 BELOW AND 5 ABOVE ZERO. STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS BEHIND THE FRONT WILL ALSO CREATE BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILL VALUES LATER SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT.

THIS SYSTEM WILL ALSO BRING THE POTENTIAL FOR A FEW TO SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT. AT THIS TIME... THE GREATEST SNOW ACCUMULATIONS LOOK TO EXTEND FROM THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS SOUTH TO THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS IN THE INTERSTATE 40 CORRIDOR... EAST TO RATON PASS AND SANTA ROSA. HOWEVER... LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE ELSEWHERE... INCLUDING WESTERN NEW MEXICO... BUT IN A LITTLE SPOTTIER FASHION.

THOUGH THERE IS STILL SOME POTENTIAL FOR THE SNOW ACCUMULATIONS TO END UP LOWER... THE ABRUPT CHANGE TO MUCH COLDER TEMPERATURES IS CERTAIN. PREPARE NOW FOR THESE COLDER TEMPERATURES AND POTENTIAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS.

THOSE WITH TRAVEL AND OUTDOOR PLANS ACROSS NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO OVER THE WEEKEND ARE ENCOURAGED TO CHECK  LAMONITOR.COM FOR THE LATEST WEATHER FORECASTS FOR UPDATES ON THIS POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER SYSTEM.