Upper Rio Grande Valley Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Winter Storm Watch
Statement as of 5:08 AM MST on January 29, 2015

...Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon...

A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon.

* Snow accumulations...significant snow accumulations of 8 inches or more are possible across the northern mountains. Some higher peaks above 10000 feet may see upwards of one foot of fresh snow accumulation. Amounts of 4 inches or more are possible at lower elevations...especially the Estancia valley and Central Highlands.

* Timing...snow will start early Friday morning and continue through much of the day on Saturday before gradually tapering off Saturday night.

* Winds...east to southeast 15 to 25 mph Friday into the Santa Fe Metro as well as portions of the jemez otherwise light winds are expected.

* Snow levels...snow levels will fluctuate...rising to near 6500 feet during the afternoons...and falling back to near 5000 feet during the late nights and early mornings.

* Local impacts...heavy wet snow may accumulate on roadways... especially at higher elevations...making travel difficult or impossible over some mountain passes and other high elevation roads. The heavy wet snow could compromise the structural integrity of some roof tops.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Remember...a Winter Storm Watch means conditions are favorable for a hazardous winter weather event in and close to the watch area. Monitor the latest forecasts at weather.Gov/abq...listen to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite media outlet.