Special Weather Statement

10/11/2018 2:28 PM until further notice

Special Weather Statement issued October 11 at 2:28PM MDT by NWS Albuquerque NM


The first taste of winter weather is coming to much of central and
northern New Mexico Sunday into Monday due to the combination of a
strong backdoor cold front and a potent disturbance dropping south
from the northern Rockies and Great Basin.

The backdoor cold front will push into the northeast plains
Saturday night, then progress southwest across the area Sunday
into Sunday night. Temperatures behind the front will be well
below normal and unusually cold for mid October. High temperatures
on Sunday may not get much above freezing across the northeast
plains. Temperatures will be well below normal across the entire
area by Monday when highs will range from 20 to 35 degrees below
normal. Winds behind the front will make it feel even colder, with
wind chill values dipping down into the teens across east central
and northeast New Mexico Sunday night. The front will create
strong east canyon/gap winds into the Rio Grande Valley Sunday
night through Monday between Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Socorro.

In addition to much colder temperatures, the first snowfall of the
season will come to a number of northern and central New Mexico
locales between Sunday and Monday. Snow levels will fall
significantly Sunday night into Monday to include most lower
elevation locales near and north of Interstate 40, including the
Albuquerque and Santa Fe Metro areas. Accumulating snow is likely
in the mountains and across northeast New Mexico. However, snow
accumulation, if any, in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe Metro areas
should be limited to elevated and grassy areas due to relatively
warm ground temperatures.

Monitor NOAA weather radio, weather.gov/abq or your local media
for the latest updates on this situation.


Target Area

Southwest Mountains; Jemez Mountains; Lower Rio Grande Valley; Eastern San Miguel County; East Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains; De Baca County; Northern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet/Red River; Far Northwest Highlands; Estancia Valley; Northwest Plateau; Curry County; Quay County; Upper Tularosa Valley; West Central Plateau; Raton Ridge/Johnson Mesa; Union County; Eastern Lincoln County; West Central Highlands; Central Highlands; West Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains; Lower Chama River Valley; Northeast Highlands; Middle Rio Grande Valley/Albuquerque Metro Area; Roosevelt County; Sandia/Manzano Mountains; Southern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet; Harding County; Guadalupe County; Chuska Mountains; San Francisco River Valley; San Juan Mountains; Northwest Highlands; Southwest Chaves County; South Central Mountains; Chaves County Plains; Santa Fe Metro Area; South Central Highlands; Far Northeast Highlands; West Central Mountains; Upper Rio Grande Valley

Sender: NWS Albuquerque NM
Sent: 2:28 PM on 10-11-2018