More snow, wind heads to Taos

Posted 1/15/20

National Weather Service meteorologists are tracking a complex weather pattern that will impact northern and central New Mexico Thursday (Jan. 16) through Friday.

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More snow, wind heads to Taos

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National Weather Service meteorologists are tracking a complex weather pattern that will impact northern and central New Mexico Thursday (Jan. 16) through Friday.

NWS forecasters say subtropical moisture over the state will overrun a colder and drier air mass from a cold front arriving to the eastern plains and into the Río Grande Valley by Thursday morning. This combination will bring widespread rain and snow to the west and north, as well as a wintery mix of precipitation to portions of the eastern plains, according to meteorologists. 

Forecasters say the Interstate 40 corridor from the Clines Corners area to Tucumcari as well as locales north to Clayton and south to Clovis may have the greatest potential of seeing areas of freezing rain resulting in slick and hazardous travel conditions Thursday morning.

Mountain snow continuing Thursday night will taper off Friday (Jan. 17), with the greater accumulations anticipated across the northern mountains.

The potential exists for snow amounts from Wednesday night through Friday of up to 20 inches in the northern mountains and above 9,000 feet elsewhere. Otherwise, snow amounts up to 6 inches will be possible around Las Vegas, Clines Corners, Santa Fe, Taos and Cuba.

The remainder of Friday will feature very strong and possibly damaging westerly winds gusting to around 60 mph along the Sangre de Cristo Mountains into northeast New Mexico.

 Meteorologists advise anyone planning travel through northern and central New Mexico Thursday through Friday should be prepared to encounter adverse weather conditions.

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