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Winds, snow, unsettled weather for the weekend

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The National Weather Service has issued the following Special Weather Statement for the region:

UNSETTLED WEATHER WITH MOUNTAIN SNOW AND STRONGER WINDS EXPECTED INTO THE WEEKEND...

DISTURBANCES IN THE FLOW ALOFT WILL CREATE AN UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN OVER NEW MEXICO FRIDAY AND THROUGH THE WEEKEND. PRECIPITATION IS FIRST EXPECTED TO BREAK OUT OVER WESTERN NEW MEXICO FRIDAY MORNING... SPREADING INTO CENTRAL AREAS OF THE STATE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND INTO THE OVERNIGHT. STRONGER BREEZES AND EVEN SOME WINDY CONDITIONS WILL ALSO DEVELOP FRIDAY WITH MANY OF THE HIGH TERRAIN AREAS OBSERVING OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 30 TO 40 MPH.

SNOW LEVELS WILL BE QUITE HIGH DURING THE DAYTIME FRIDAY... LOWERING TO 7000 TO 8000 FEET IN MUCH OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO BY FRIDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY. THERE WILL BE POTENTIAL FOR A FEW INCHES OF SNOW IN THE HIGH TERRAIN... ESPECIALLY IN NORTHERN NEW MEXICO ALONG WEST FACING SLOPES. WINDS ALOFT WILL STRENGTHEN MORE FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY. WIDESPREAD AREAS OF NEW MEXICO ARE EXPECTED TO OBSERVE GUSTS AS HIGH AS 40 TO 50 MPH SATURDAY AFTERNOON WITH SOME AREAS ALONG AND EAST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN OBSERVING GUSTS CLOSER TO 60 MPH.

WHILE THE OVERALL EXTENT OF PRECIPITATION MAY RECEDE SLIGHTLY ON SATURDAY... THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS OF NEW MEXICO WILL PERIODICALLY BE IMPACTED WITH BOUTS OF SNOW THROUGH THE DAY AND INTO SATURDAY NIGHT. SNOW LEVELS WILL ALSO LOWER TO 6500 TO 7500 FEET SATURDAY NIGHT. PRECIPITATION SHOULD ABATE THROUGH THE DAY SUNDAY WITH WINDS SHIFTING MORE WEST NORTHWESTERLY WITH LIGHTER SPEEDS. THROUGH THE FRIDAY TO EARLY SUNDAY TIME FRAME... A FEW TO SEVERAL INCHES OF TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS OF NEW MEXICO... ESPECIALLY NEAR THE COLORADO BORDER.

FORECASTS REGARDING SPECIFIC WIND SPEEDS AND SNOW AMOUNTS ARE STILL BEING REFINED AND UPDATED.

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