Special Weather Statement

10/12/2018 3:44 AM until further notice

Special Weather Statement issued October 12 at 3:44AM 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 single digits across 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 accumulations of up two
two feet atop the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains with
several inches over the adjacent high terrain are possible by the
end of 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. 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. Freezing rain and light
graupel is also a possibility over portions of the east plains
along and south of I-40 Sunday night.

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: 3:44 AM on 10-12-2018