Chaves County Plains
Statement as of 3:01 PM MST on December 19, 2013
... 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... folks are encouraged to stay tuned to
the latest weather forecasts and statements online at weather.Gov/abq
or to your favorite local media outlet. You can also find additional
weather information on the Albuquerque National Weather Service
facebook Page or join the conversation on twitter.