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Series of storms could dump several feet of snow in week ahead

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By The Staff

The National Weather Service has issued the following Winter Storm Watch for the area Sunday morning:

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 4 INCHES OR MORE ACROSS THE LOWER ELEVATIONS AND 8 INCHES OR MORE OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN.

* TIMING... RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP MONDAY AND TURN TO ALL SNOW MONDAY EVENING INTO TUESDAY. SNOW WILL BE MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY HEAVY.

* WINDS... SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL SHIFT TO THE WEST AND NORTHWEST MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY AT 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH... CAUSING SOME BLOWING SNOW. THE SNOW SHOULD BE WET ENOUGH THAT DRIFTING SNOW WILL NOT BE A PROBLEM EXCEPT ABOVE 9000 FEET. WINDS WILL BE A LITTLE STRONGER OVER THE CHUSKA MOUNTAINS AND WEST SLOPES OF THE SAN JUAN AND SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

* SNOW LEVELS... TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LOCATIONS AFTER 600 PM MST MONDAY.

* LOCAL IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ALONG WITH VISIBILITIES UNDER ONE MILE IN SNOW AND SOME BLOWING SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REMEMBER... A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR A HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER EVENT IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA.

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FIRST IN A SERIES OF STORMS TO STRIKE WESTERN THROUGH NORTHERN NEW MEXICO MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY...

PACIFIC MOISTURE WILL BEGIN STREAMING INTO NEW MEXICO MONDAY AS THE ATMOSPHERE MOISTENS UP FROM THE HIGHER LEVELS TO THE GROUND. MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY HEAVY SNOW WILL THEN FALL MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY OVER THE WEST CENTRAL... CHUSKA... SAN JUAN AND JEMEZ MOUNTAINS AS WELL AS THE NORTHWEST AND FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... AND WEST SLOPES AND HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS. SNOW SHOULD TAPER OFF TUESDAY NIGHT BEFORE INCREASING AGAIN WEDNESDAY OR WEDNESDAY NIGHT WITH THE NEXT STORM.