Winter storm warning until 8 p.m.

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Jemez Mountains that remains in effect until 8 p.m. this evening. Expect snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches in the upper Rio Grande valley and six to 12 inches at elevations above 8000 feet, with locally greater amounts over the peaks and along west facing slopes of the southwest mountains.
Snow will persist today before tapering off early this evening. West winds strengthening to 25 to 40 mph with occasional gusts from 35 to 55 mph. the stronger winds will occur over ridge tops and exposed areas. Cold enough for snow at all locations.
Roads will become snow packed and icy with reduced visibility in snow and blowing snow. Areas of blowing and drifting snow are expected with significant visibility restriction at times. Travel will become difficult or impossible at high elevations above 8000 feet.
Precautionary/preparedness actions: A winter storm warning for heavy snow and blowing snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. strong winds are likely. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel... keep an extra flashlight... food... and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
More information:
Wintry weather will impact portions of central and western New Mexico today. A potent storm system will cross New Mexico today with accumulating snow continuing for the higher terrain of western and central New Mexico. Strong westerly winds will develop as the system passes by leading to localized areas of reduced visibilities in blowing snow.
Snow will begin to decrease by late morning but will not fully diminish until early this evening while strong winds persist tonight and into Sunday.
For the latest New Mexico road conditions call 511 or visit nmroads.com.