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Winter Storm May Hamper Mid-Week Travel

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

A STORM DEVELOPING OVER THE CANADIAN WEST COAST WILL MOVE RAPIDLY TO NORTHERN ARIZONA EARLY WEDNESDAY... AND MAKE A SLOW DRIFT TO THE EAST ACROSS NEW MEXICO INTO THE FIRST HALF OF THE WEEKEND.

SHOWERS WITH SUMMIT SNOWFALLS WILL DEVELOP EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING OVER THE SAN JUAN AND CHUSKA MOUNTAINS... AND SPREAD EAST TO THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS AND ADJACENT NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS AND PLAINS BY WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

SHOWERS WITH HIGH COUNTRY SNOWS WILL EXPAND SOUTHWARD ALONG THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE AND CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN SUMMITS BY THURSDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL CONTINUE OVER THE NORTHEAST THURSDAY... WITH SNOW COVERAGE OVER THE EASTERN AND NORTHEAST PLAINS MAINLY FROM INTERSTATE 40 NORTHWARD. THROUGH THE WEEKEND...

HEAVIER SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL PILE UP OVER THE HIGH COUNTRY OF THE SAN JUAN AND SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... WITH THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS AND CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN AND ADJACENT PLAINS RECEIVING LESSER AMOUNTS.

SHOWERS WILL TAPER OFF ON FRIDAY... WITH A FEW SHOWERS LINGERING OVER THE NORTHEAST PLAINS FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY.

IN ADDITION TO SNOW... GUSTY WINDS WILL DEVELOP IN ADVANCE OF THE STORM SYSTEM ON TUESDAY... WITH WINDS REMAINING GUSTY OVER THE SOUTHWESTERN AND SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS ON WEDNESDAY. WIND SPEEDS WILL BE LIGHTER ON THURSDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

MUCH COLDER AIR WILL INVADE THE STATE... WITH THE SHORT RUN OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ENDING ABRUPTLY FOR THE LAST HALF OF THE WORK WEEK. TEMPERATURES WILL PLUNGE TO 10 TO 20 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL FOR EARLY MARCH BEFORE RECOVERING BACK TOWARD NORMAL LATE IN THE WEEKEND.

THOSE PLANNING TRAVEL OR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ACROSS NEW MEXICO THIS WEEK SHOULD CHECK LAMONITOR.COM FOR THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS...