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Winter storm watch

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Rain and snow showers were expected Saturday evening over the northern mountains

By Special to the Monitor

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque issued a winter storm watch Saturday night through this evening with significant snowfall amounts possible across the northern mountains.

A potent storm over central California will continue to head slowly south to southeast through today before turning east across northern Mexico on Monday.

Rain and high terrain snow showers were expected Saturday evening over the northern mountains, with precipitation changing to all snow. A cold front also was expected to press up against the east slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains aiding the snowfall.

Snow should taper off this afternoon.

The extended forecast:

• Tonight: A 20 percent chance of snow showers with a low around 18;

• Monday: Mostly sunny with a high near 41. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm;

• Monday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 15;

• Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 43;

• Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 21;

• Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 42;

• Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 17;

• Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high near 43;

• Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 17; and

• Friday: Mostly sunny with a high near 42.