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Slow moving winter storm takes aim at New Mexico, heavy snows likely

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By The Staff

The National Weather Service issued the following special weather statement Tuesday morning:

POTENTIAL WINTER STORM TO IMPACT NEW MEXICO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT...

A WINTER STORM COULD POTENTIALLY AFFECT MUCH OF NEW MEXICO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT. THIS STORM SYSTEM WILL BE MUCH DIFFERENT THAN LAST WEEKS STORMS SYSTEMS. THIS TIME... THE GREATEST IMPACT WILL LIKELY BE FELT FROM THE EAST SLOPES OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN TO THE TEXAS BORDER.

A STRONG PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LATE TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY... ALONG THE ARIZONA AND OLD MEXICO BORDER LATE WEDNESDAY... AND WILL BEGIN TO LIFT SLOWLY NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO ON THURSDAY. MUCH PRECIPITATION SHOULD BEGIN ACROSS WESTERN NEW MEXICO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON... WITH SNOW FOCUSED MAINLY ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. ON THURSDAY... A STRONG BACK DOOR COLD FRONT WILL MOVE INTO THE EASTERN PLAINS... SHIFTING THE FOCUS FOR SNOW FROM THE WEST TO THE EAST. IT APPEARS A PROLONGED PERIOD OF SNOW... POSSIBLY HEAVY AT TIMES... WILL OCCUR ACROSS THE PLAINS ON THURSDAY. THIS MAY RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS. SHOULD THIS OCCUR... TRAVEL WILL BE GREATLY IMPACTED... INCLUDING ALONG THE INTERSTATE 40 CORRIDOR. BREEZY CONDITIONS MAY ALSO RESULT IN AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

THOUGH THE EXACT DETAILS REGARDING THE STRENGTH... TRACK... AND TIMING OF THIS SYSTEM ARE STILL SOMEWHAT UNCERTAIN... CONFIDENCE IS INCREASING THAT A WINTER STORM EVENT WILL OCCUR.