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Weather Alert: Coldest temps of the season, possible snow on tap

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By The Staff

COLDEST AIR OF THE SEASON STATEWIDE AND ADDITIONAL SNOW TO IMPACT EASTERN NEW MEXICO FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE WORK WEEK...

THE LEADING EDGE OF A VERY COLD AIRMASS THAT MOVED INTO NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING WILL SLOWLY PRESS SOUTH AND WEST TODAY. THIS INITIAL SHOT OF COLD AIR WILL BE REINFORCED BY YET A STRONGER SURGE OF COLD CANADIAN AIR THAT WILL SETTLE INTO EASTERN NEW MEXICO TONIGHT... SPREADING WESTWARD INTO CENTRAL AND WESTERN AREAS OF THE STATE THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT.

BY THURSDAY... HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL STRUGGLE TO REACH THE 20S TO LOWER 30S ON THE EASTERN PLAINS WITH 30S AND 40S ACROSS THE WEST. THESE READINGS WILL BE AS MUCH AS 30 DEGREES BELOW SEASONAL NORMALS IN THE EAST... AND 10 TO 20 DEGREES BELOW AVERAGE ACROSS THE WEST. MINIMUM TEMPERATURES BOTH THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY NIGHT WILL BE SOME OF THE COLDEST OBSERVED SO FAR THIS SEASON. LOWS ARE EXPECTED TO VARY FROM 10 TO 20 DEGREES BELOW ZERO IN THE NORTHERN MOUNTAIN VALLEYS... WITH SINGLE DIGITS AND TEENS COMMON ELSEWHERE.

IN ADDITION TO THE COLD TEMPERATURES... AREAS OF SNOW WILL DEVELOP AND EXPAND ALONG AND EAST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY. LIGHT TO MODERATE ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED... ESPECIALLY ALONG THE EAST SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO... SANDIA AND MANZANO MOUNTAINS AS WELL AS THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS TO INCLUDE THE INTERSTATE 40 CORRIDOR.

RESIDENTS AND ANYONE PLANNING TRAVEL SHOULD KEEP CURRENT WITH THE LATEST FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER IMPACTS AS THIS WEATHER EVENT UNFOLDS.