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Winter Storm Warning remains in effect, more snow en route

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By The Staff

Here's the latest update from the National Weather Service issued Friday morning:

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST SATURDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST SATURDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... ADDITIONAL 6 TO 12 INCHES WITH LOCAL ACCUMULATIONS UP TO 18 INCHES ON RIDGETOPS AND WEST FACING SLOPES.

* TIMING... MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE THIS MORNING AND AT TIMES THIS AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL DECREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY LATER TONIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING.

* WINDS... SOUTHWEST TO WEST 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH TODAY. THE STRONGER GUSTS ARE EXPECTED OVER RIDGETOPS AND OPEN AREAS.

* SNOW LEVELS... DROPPING TO VALLEY FLOORS BY MID MORNING.

* LOCAL IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITH VISIBILITIES REDUCED TO ONE MILE OR LESS IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. MAJOR AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. STRONG WINDS ARE LIKELY. 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 UNDERWAY OVER WESTERN NEW MEXICO AND WILL SPREAD INTO THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS OVERNIGHT AND FRIDAY...

A POWERFUL WINTER STORM WILL CONTINUE IMPACTING MUCH OF WESTERN... CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NEW MEXICO THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY. COLDER AIR WILL DEEPEN BEHIND AN ADVANCING COLD FRONT. SNOW LEVELS WILL PLUMMET THIS MORNING ACROSS CENTRAL SECTIONS THIS MORNING. ANY RAIN WILL CHANGE TO SNOW AND BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES ACROSS THE WARNING AREA... ESPECIALLY HIGHER TERRAIN. THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT TO MAJOR SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS ESPECIALLY FOR AREAS ABOVE 7500 FEET FAVORING HIGHER WEST FACING SLOPES AND PEAKS. WINDS WILL BE STRONG AT TIMES ACROSS THE REGION WITH BLOWING SNOW AND NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS EXPECTED. THE SNOW AND WINDS WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH EARLY SATURDAY.