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Winter storm warning in effect through Friday for New Mexico, expect heavy snowfall, dangerous roads and bridges

Winter storm warning in effect through Friday for New Mexico, expect heavy snowfall, dangerous roads and bridges
Winter storm warning in effect through Friday for New Mexico, expect heavy snowfall, dangerous roads and bridges

Due to treacherous roads and slippery bridges caused by heavy snow, New Mexico is under a winter storm warning through late Friday afternoon. This includes the South Central Mountains and neighboring counties, Guadalupe County and Albuquerque.

Thanksgiving in New Mexico will have to be done indoors as there is a slight chance of rain showers in the afternoon, then a chance of rain showers and flurries. The sky in Albuquerque will be mostly cloudy until the afternoon with a high temperature near 46 degrees.

The north wind will blow at speeds of around 15 mph. The chance of precipitation is up 30%. Total daytime snowfall accumulation of less than half an inch is possible for most areas of New Mexico.

At night, there is a risk of rain showers and snow showers, mainly before 8 p.m. The sky is expected to be cloudy in the early evening, then gradually become partly cloudy, with a minimum temperature of around 25 degrees.

The northeast wind will move through the area at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation remains at 30% overnight and further snow accumulation is also possible but only to less than half an inch, reports local conditions.

Winter storm warning

At 2:34 a.m. MST Thursday, November 24, the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, New Mexico issued a winter storm warning in effect from 5:00 p.m. today until 11:00 p.m. the next day, Friday.

South-Central Mountains and Neighboring Counties – This announcement covers the South Central Mountains, Roosevelt County, De Baca County, Curry County, Eastern Lincoln County, Plains Chaves County and Southwest Chaves County.

The winter storm warning is issued as heavy snowfall is expected in the affected areas with total snow accumulations between 4 and 8 inches. In areas of southwestern Chaves and eastern Lincoln counties, greater amounts of snow are expected to reach around 1 foot. Winds will be gusting at speeds as high as 35 mph.

The NWS warns that roads, and in particular bridges and overpasses, will likely become slippery and dangerous. Visibility in areas may drop below 1/4 mile due to snowfall and fast blowing snow. Travel during this time could be very difficult, if not impossible, meaning some roads may be closed for safety reasons. This would cause significant travel delays.

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Guadalupe County – The winter storm warning is also in effect for Guadalupe County, but only until 11 p.m. tonight.

For Guadalupe County, visibility may drop below 1/4 mile due to heavy snowfall and blowing snow. Travel during this time could be very difficult as tire traction will be reduced. However, the roads will remain open until further announcements, so drivers should extend the distance between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them. This includes sections along portions of I-40.

Those who must travel should bring an extra flashlight, food and water in their car in case of an emergency, as National Weather Service experts recommend.

Albuquerque Health and Activity Forecast

Dust and dander allergens are at an extremely high level in Albuquerque today, according to AccuWeather.

Although there are no triggers for arthritis, flu and asthma, the triggers for migraine, colds and sinus pressure increase to moderate levels. People sensitive to these triggers should take extra steps to ensure a smooth Thanksgiving. Most outdoor activities are manageable today in Albuquerque, with the exception of going to the beach and swimming pools.

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