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Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday

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A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST TUESDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 3 TO 6 INCHES ACROSS THE SAN JUAN... JEMEZ AND SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... AND 1 TO 3 INCHES ACROSS THE NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS AND UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY.

* TIMING... SNOW WILL BEGIN LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH CHRISTMAS MORNING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE LIKELY LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY CHRISTMAS MORNING.

* WINDS... WESTERLY WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH.

* SNOW LEVELS... TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LOCATIONS.

* LOCAL IMPACTS... SNOW PACKED AND ICY ROADWAYS ARE POSSIBLE CREATING DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS FOR THE HOLIDAY. BLOWING SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES BELOW 2 MILES AT TIMES. DANGEROUS WIND CHILL VALUES FROM 10 BELOW ZERO TO 10 ABOVE ZERO ARE EXPECTED LATER TONIGHT AND CHRISTMAS MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE RESTRICTED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW.

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... WINTER STORM BEARING DOWN ON CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NEW MEXICO....A VIGOROUS... QUICK HITTING STORM SYSTEM WILL TRACK ACROSS NORTHERN NEW MEXICO TONIGHT INTO CHRISTMAS DAY. THE HEAVIEST SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE WEST SLOPES AND HIGH PEAKS OF THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS. STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES. FRESH COLD AIR ALONG WITH THE WIND WILL CREATE DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS TONIGHT AND CHRISTMAS MORNING.

ANYONE PLANNING TRAVEL OR OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY ARE ENCOURAGED TO CHECK LAMONITOR.COM FOR THE LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION...