Storm moves into N.M.

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This system will be warmer and stronger than last week’s system

By The Staff

A moist upper-level storm system gathering strength over the Lower Colorado River Valley of Arizona/southeast California and points south Tuesday evening will slowly progress eastward overnight into early Wednesday, eventually crossing New Mexico Wednesday Night into early Thursday.  

Valley rain and mountain snow will develop across much of south-central and southwest New Mexico between midnight and daybreak Wednesday,  before spreading northward into Central and Northern New Mexico during the afternoon Wednesday.

Widespread precipitation will continue into Wednesday night and Thursday, especially across the southeast half of New Mexico.  

Although this system will be quite moist,  it will be considerably warmer than the strong system that rolled through last week.  As a result,  the heaviest snows and greatest impact to travel will be found across the high terrain of the southern and central mountain ranges, though significant amounts are likely across northern sections as well.  

There is the potential for a wintry mix of precipitation across parts of the east central/northeast plains Wednesday night, including a few inches of wet snow, but significant impacts to travel are not expected at this time.

As the National Weather Service predicts more storms on the way, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management reminds New Mexicans to make a plan for emergencies. “It’s important to take a lesson from the Boy Scouts and always be prepared,” Cabinet secretary John W. Wheeler said.

Easy guidelines

to follow are:

• WATER — One gallon per person per day.

• FOOD — Non-perishable packaged or canned food, a non-electric can opener, powdered or canned milk and condiments. Don’t Forget pet food if you have pets.

• CLOTHING — A change of clothing, rain or snow gear, sturdy shoes or boots, gloves, hats and sunglasses.

• SUPPLIES — A battery powered radio, matches and lighter, canned heat, flashlight and batteries, paper plates, utensils, plastic containers, trash bags, paper and pencil and duct tape.

• BLANKETS OR SLEEPING BAGS — For every family member.

• MEDICAL — A first aid kit and prescription medications, aspirin or non-aspirin tablets and other over the counter aids, rubbing alcohol and antiseptic.

•MONEY—Credit cards and cash.

• BACK-UPS — An extra pair of glasses, spare contact lenses and supplies. Extra car keys and house keys.

• SPECIAL NEEDS — Baby items, formula and medications. Toys and books for children and items for elderly family members and those with special needs.

  Wheeler also cautions that if you have to drive in rain or snow, before you leave, “always check the road conditions between your point of departure and your destination.” Travelers can call the NM Department of Transportation’s Road Information hot line by dialing 511 or go to www.nmroads.com.