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The Jemez Mountains have received a couple inches of the white stuff and Los Alamos has received dusting so far in November.
This weekend and on through Monday, Mother Nature may get serious.
Los Alamos is due for its first official significant snowfall. According to Kerry Jones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office based in Albuquerque, Los Alamos is due for several inches of snow throughout the weekend, and it could start as early as Friday morning.
Though he stressed Los Alamos does not have much to worry about beyond taking the usual precautions with snowfall, the snow is the result of a much larger and dangerous storm that will be heading through the eastern plains of the state.
“I would say the greatest window for Los Alamos is late Saturday and into Sunday for the most widespread potential for snow,” he said, adding the Pajarito ski area could see as much as a foot.
In a recent teleconference, Jones stated areas along Interstate 40 will see the biggest impact, especially in Curry and Roosevelt counties, with ice on the roadways thicker than a tenth of an inch being possible.
“That doesn’t sound like much, but think about just a tenth of an inch of glaze on the roadways how big a problem that’s going to be, especially with low temperatures in the teens and 20s,” said another NWS meteorologist during the conference, Jennifer Palucki. “Daytime temperatures are not going to get above freezing.”
“Traveling along Interstate 40 and Interstate 25 will be difficult... if not impossible, especially across Eastern New Mexico,” Jones noted in the conference.
Heavy snow is predicted for the northern mountains.
Though things look a little nasty for the southern part of the state, Jones noted the state is still suffering from drought conditions, so in a way, if everyone can get through the storm safely it will ultimately prove to be good for the state’s water supply.