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Unsettled weather returns Friday

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. UNSETTLED WEATHER RETURNING TO NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY...

A COLD FRONT WILL PUSH INTO NORTHERN NEW MEXICO LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND PROGRESS SOUTH THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE AREA FRIDAY NIGHT... BRINGING BREEZY TO LOCALLY WINDY AND COOLER CONDITIONS. AT THE SAME TIME... AN UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM WILL TAKE SHAPE OVER NORTHERN NEW MEXICO AND MOVE SOUTH ACROSS THE STATE SATURDAY. AS A RESULT... SHOWERS... WITH LOWLAND RAIN AND SNOW AND MOUNTAIN SNOW WILL BECOME MORE NUMEROUS AND WIDESPREAD OVER THE NORTH AND EAST FRIDAY AND ESPECIALLY FRIDAY NIGHT. ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL BE MOST LIKELY OVER THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS AND ACROSS THE ADJACENT NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS AND PLAINS WHERE SEVERAL INCHES ARE POSSIBLE. SOME LOCATIONS WHICH MAY BE AFFECTED INCLUDE INTERSTATE 25 FROM THE GLORIETA AREA TO THE COLORADO STATE LINE... AND HIGHWAY 64 AND 87 FROM RATON TO CLAYTON... WHERE REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN BLOWING SNOW ARE ALSO POSSIBLE.

AS THE STORM SYSTEM TRACKS SOUTH SATURDAY... THE FOCUS FOR SHOWERS MAY BEGIN TO SHIFT TO THE HIGHER TERRAIN ALONG THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE... ESPECIALLY IF SURFACE WINDS BECOME EASTERLY ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY. HOWEVER... SHOWERS SHOULD TAPER OFF FROM NORTH TO SOUTH SATURDAY NIGHT.