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... POTENTIAL INCREASING FOR WINTER WEATHER FRIDAY AND SATURDAY...
A STORM SYSTEM GATHERING STRENGTH OVER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILL MOVE INTO ARIZONA FRIDAY THEN SHIFT ACROSS NEW MEXICO SATURDAY. RAIN AND SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP FROM WEST TO EAST OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF WESTERN NEW MEXICO LATE TONIGHT THEN SPREAD INTO THE CENTRAL HIGH TERRAIN LATE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. AT THIS TIME LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED OVER SOUTHWEST FACING SLOPES OF CATRON AND LINCOLN COUNTIES... WITH LIGHTER AMOUNTS ALONG THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE AND WITHIN THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN.
MEANWHILE... AN AREA OF RAIN WITH A FEW THUNDERSTORMS IS ANTICIPATED OVER SOUTHEAST NEW MEXICO FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT. THE LATEST MODEL GUIDANCE INDICATES THE STORM SYSTEM MAY THEN SLOW DOWN AND INTENSIFY OVER EASTERN NEW MEXICO SATURDAY. COLD AIR SHIFTING SOUTH INTO THE AREA MAY INTERACT WITH THE STRENGTHENING STORM SYSTEM AND CHANGE RAIN OVER TO SNOW ACROSS THE EAST CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST PLAINS. THERE IS SOME POTENTIAL FOR A PERIOD OF SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS IN THIS AREA HOWEVER CONFIDENCE IS TOO LOW TO WARRANT A WINTER STORM WATCH AT THIS TIME.
DUE TO THE BUSY TRAVEL PERIOD EXPECTED OVER THE REGION THIS WEEKEND AND THE POTENTIAL FOR SNOW...
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