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Winter Storm has Los Alamos in its crosshairs

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By The Staff

The National Weather Service issued the following at noon Saturday:

WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON MST MONDAY...

THE WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON MST MONDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 3 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED BELOW 7500 FEET. ABOVE 7500 FEET... 6 TO 12 INCHES IS LIKELY WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ACROSS WEST FACING SLOPES OF THE NORTHERN AND NORTHWESTERN MOUNTAINS.

* TIMING... SNOW WILL BEGIN ACROSS NORTHWEST NEW MEXICO TONIGHT... AND WILL SPREAD SOUTHEAST THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING. THE HEAVIEST ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED SUNDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT. SNOW WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY MONDAY MORNING.

* WINDS... ALTHOUGH WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE NOT EXPECTED... SOME LOCALIZED AREAS WILL EXPERIENCE BRIEF PERIODS OF GUSTY WINDS AS A COLD FRONT MOVES FROM WEST TO EAST ACROSS THE AREA SUNDAY AND SUNDAY EVENING.

* SNOW LEVELS... SNOW LEVELS WILL FLUCTUATE BETWEEN 6500 TO 7000 FEET THROUGH THE EARLY PART OF THE DAY SUNDAY. HOWEVER... SNOW LEVELS WILL LOWER DURING THE AFTERNOON BEHIND A COLD FRONT... AND BY SUNDAY EVENING TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LOCATIONS.

* LOCAL IMPACTS... EXPECT TRAVEL CONDITIONS TO DETERIORATE THROUGH THE DAY SUNDAY AND INTO SUNDAY NIGHT... ESPECIALLY AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS. SNOW COVERED ROADS AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES CAN BE EXPECTED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. 

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WINTER STORM TO IMPACT PORTIONS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN NEW MEXICO EARLY SUNDAY INTO MONDAY...

SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE LIKELY ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO SUNDAY AND MONDAY AS A STRONG UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM TRACKS ACROSS THE STATE. THE GREATEST ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE WEST FACING SLOPES OF THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS. SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE ACROSS NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO ALONG AND BEHIND A STRONG COLD FRONT LATE SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY. GUSTY WINDS BEHIND THE FRONT MAY RESULT IN AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. PRECIPITATION WILL GRADUALLY DECREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY MONDAY AFTERNOON.