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Winter Storm Warning until 6 a.m. Sunday

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST SUNDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 5 TO 9 INCHES ABOVE 8500 FEET... WITH UP TO 11 INCHES OF SNOW LOCALLY OVER THE NORTHERN JEMEZ MOUNTAINS IN SOUTHERN RIO ARRIBA COUNTY. EXPECT 3 TO 6 INCHES OF WET SNOW OVER THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS INCLUDING BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT AND VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE.

* TIMING... WET SNOW DEVELOPING THIS MORNING WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES THROUGH THE DAY... WITH PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW CONTINUING OVERNIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF SUNDAY MORNING.

* WINDS... NO SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED.

* SNOW LEVELS... SNOW LEVELS NEAR 9500 FEET TODAY WILL FALL TO 8000 FEET BY LATE TONIGHT.

* LOCAL IMPACTS... WET SNOW ON TREES MAY BREAK BRANCHES AND DAMAGE POWER LINES. WET SNOW ACCUMULATING ON STEEP SLOPES MAY SLIDE DOWNHILL. TRAVEL OVER HIGH COUNTY ROADS OR TRAILS MAY BECOME DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE THROUGH TONIGHT. EXPECT ROAD CLOSURES OR SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL DELAYS OVER THE HIGH COUNTRY.

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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... SIGNIFICANT WET SNOWFALL OVER THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS OF NEW MEXICO THROUGH TONIGHT...

A FAST MOVING AND VERY MOIST PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM OVER ARIZONA WILL MOVE RAPIDLY ACROSS NEW MEXICO THROUGH TONIGHT... LEAVING A SWATH OF WET SNOW OVER THE SUMMITS AND HIGHER SLOPES OF THE SAN JUAN... JEMEZ... AND SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS. SNOW WILL TAPER OFF BUT NOT END ON SUNDAY... WITH ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL ON THE WAY FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THE WORK WEEK. EXPECT HEAVIEST SNOWFALL OVER THE SUMMITS AND WEST FACING SLOPES OF THE SAN JUAN AND JEMEZ MOUNTAINS.

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