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Spring storm system promises return to wintry conditions

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The National Weather Service has issued the following special weather statement:

EARLY SPRING STORM SYSTEM TO CONTINUE TO BRING A MIXED BAG OF PRECIPITATION TO NORTHERN AND EASTERN NEW MEXICO...

A BANK OF LOW CLOUDS... FOG AND AREAS OF DRIZZLE WHICH WAS EMBEDDED ACROSS THE EASTERN PLAINS THIS MORNING WILL CONTINUE TO SLOWLY ERODE FROM WEST TO EAST THIS AFTERNOON... THOUGH MAY NEVER FULLY ERODE ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO. HOWEVER...

SUNSHINE WILL HELP SHOWERS... AND PERHAPS A THUNDERSTORM TO DEVELOP OVER THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS THIS AFTERNOON. LATER TONIGHT... THE BANK OF LOW CLOUDS WILL FILL BACK IN ALONG AND EAST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN AS THE COLD FRONT SLOSHES BACK WESTWARD. AN UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM SLIDING ACROSS NORTHERN NEW MEXICO THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT WILL INTERACT WITH THIS FRONT TO ALLOW AREAS OF SNOW... RAIN... DRIZZLE... FREEZING DRIZZLE AND FOG TO RETURN TO THE EAST TONIGHT. VISIBILITIES MAY BE SIGNIFICANTLY LOWERED AT TIMES.

COLDER AIR MOVING INTO THE REGION TONIGHT MAY ALLOW FOR LIGHT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS. THE MAIN FOCUS FOR SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES WILL OCCUR ABOVE 8000 FEET WITHIN THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... WITH LIGHTER SLUSHY ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 OR 2 INCHES INTO THE NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS AND PLAINS... INCLUDING THE INTERSTATES 25 AND 40 CORRIDORS.

THERE REMAINS SOME UNCERTAINTY REGARDING THE EXACT TRACK AND STRENGTH OF THIS STORM SYSTEM THEREFORE STAY TUNED TO LAMONITOR.COM FOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.