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More snow in the forecast for late Saturday (Jan. 12) and Sunday (Jan. 13)

Despite gov't shutdown, National Weather Service keeps up with critical forecasts

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As of today (Jan. 12), the United States government is experiencing its 22nd day of shuttering several but not all federal agencies – making this  the longest government shutdown in our nation's 242-year history.

The U.S. Department of Commerce was one of the agencies that ran out of funding in December 2018, and the National Weather Service falls under that department.

Despite to the government shutdown, the National Weather Service is "continuing to provide critical forecasts, watch and warning information to protect life and property," according to a special announcement on its website.

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque forecasts more snow for the Land of Enchantment.

Another quick hitting storm system will bring another round of snow and travel impacts to portions of northern and central New Mexico. Starting late tonight and continuing through Sunday, snow will spread from west central New Mexico east-northeastward across the Northern Mountains. Greater than four inches of snow is possible above 8,000 feet, with amounts generally less than that at lower elevations. 

Cold temperatures will allow snow to quickly stick to roads and sidewalks. Snowpacked and icy conditions will be possible once again, including portions of I-40 and I-25. Additionally, visibility may be reduced below one mile in falling snow.

Residents and travelers across western, northern, and central New Mexico are urged to stay abreast of the latest weather forecasts and statements as this system approaches tonight. Continue to monitor weather.gov/abq, NMRoads.com; and dial 511 for the latest road conditions.

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