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Winter Storm to swirl through Los Alamos area

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By The Staff

The National Weather Service issued the following Winter Storm Warning Saturday morning:

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 11 AM MST MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 11 AM MST MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

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

* TIMING... SNOW WILL BEGIN ACROSS NORTHWEST NEW MEXICO LATE 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... WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE NOT EXPECTED.

* SNOW LEVELS... INITIALLY SNOW LEVELS WILL START AROUND 6500 TO 7000 FEET SUNDAY MORNING. HOWEVER... SNOW LEVELS WILL LOWER DURING THE AFTERNOON BEHIND A COLD FRONT. BY SUNDAY NIGHT 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 SUNDAY AND 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.