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Potential for first snow of the season this week

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FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON COMING TO PORTIONS OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO LATE TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...

ACCUMULATING SNOW IS POSSIBLE ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO LATE TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY WHEN A BACKDOOR COLD FRONT WILL INTERACT WITH AN APPROACHING UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM.

SNOW LEVELS WILL START OFF TUESDAY EVENING AROUND 8500 FEET... THEN GRADUALLY FALL TO AROUND 6500 FEET BY EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. AREAS FAVORED FOR ACCUMULATING SNOW ARE THE HIGHER TERRAIN AND EAST SLOPES OF THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS AND THE EAST CENTRAL... NORTHEAST AND FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS.

SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE ABOVE 9500 FEET IN THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS... WITH AMOUNTS GENERALLY ONE INCH OR LESS BELOW 7500 FEET AT PLACES LIKE TAOS... RATON... SPRINGER... LAS VEGAS... CAPULIN... CLINES CORNERS AND MORIARTY.

THE TRAVEL CORRIDORS BETWEEN GLORIETA PASS AND RATON PASS ON INTERSTATE 25 AND BETWEEN CLINES CORNERS AND TIJERAS CANYON ON INTERSTATE 40 MAY BE IMPACTED WITH LOW VISIBILITIES IN SNOW TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY MORNING WITH SOME LIGHT ACCUMULATION.

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