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Winter Weather Advisory until 11 p.m. tonight

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A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST THURSDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 1 TO 3 INCHES BELOW 7500 FEET AND 3 TO 6 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET. THE GREATEST SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS WILL FOCUS OVER CATRON AND CIBOLA COUNTIES WITH THE LESSER AMOUNTS FARTHER NORTHWEST INTO MCKINLEY... SAN JUAN... AND SANDOVAL COUNTIES.

* TIMING... SNOW WILL INCREASE OVERNIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY BEFORE TAPERING OFF LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* WINDS... NO WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED.

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

* LOCAL IMPACTS... SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITY AND IMPACT TRAVEL WITH ROADS BECOMING SNOW PACKED AND ICY. THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 40 FROM THE ARIZONA LINE... TO GALLUP... TO GRANTS... TO LAGUNA PUEBLO... HIGHWAY 491... HIGHWAY 60... AND STATE ROADS 12..117... 53... AND 371.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL PRIMARILY CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES.

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... SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL AND BITTER COLD TEMPERATURES ARRIVING...

ARCTIC AIR COMBINED WITH AN AGGRESSIVE STORM SYSTEM MOVING OUT OF THE INTERMOUNTAIN WEST WILL SET THE STAGE FOR A LENGTHY PERIOD OF WINTRY WEATHER OVER NEW MEXICO. SNOW WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY TONIGHT OVER MUCH OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN NEW MEXICO THEN BECOME WIDESPREAD ALONG AND EAST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN THURSDAY. SNOWFALL WITH THIS BITTER COLD WINTER STORM SYSTEM WILL PULL OUT OF THE AREA FROM WEST TO EAST THURSDAY NIGHT. DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF SNOWFALL AND BITTER COLD... SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS TO TRAVEL ARE EXPECTED FOR THE INTERSTATE 25 AND 40 CORRIDORS... AS WELL AS MUCH OF THE EASTERN PLAINS. ARCTIC AIR WILL REMAIN IN PLACE OVER NEW MEXICO BEHIND THIS WINTER STORM THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

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