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  • 25°
  • Overcast
  • Wind: South 4 mph
  • Humidity: 92%
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Dew Point: 23°
  • Pressure: 29.72 in. +
  • Heat Index: 21

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5 Day Forecast

  • Monday
  • Rain
  • High: 54 °
  • Low: 16 °
  • Rain
  • Tuesday
  • Chance of Snow
  • High: 36 °
  • Low: 14 °
  • Chance of Snow
  • Wednesday
  • Clear
  • High: 41 °
  • Low: 27 °
  • Clear
  • Thursday
  • Chance of Rain
  • High: 48 °
  • Low: 19 °
  • Chance of Rain
  • Friday
  • Clear
  • High: 37 °
  • Low: 18 °
  • Clear

Forecast for Las Vegas, New Mexico

Updated: 8:00 PM MST on December 22, 2014

Winter Storm Warning in effect until 8 am MST Tuesday...
  • Monday

    Partly cloudy with rain showers, then rain in the afternoon. High of 52F. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

  • Monday Night

    Mostly cloudy with snow. Low of 16F with a windchill as low as 7F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 70% with accumulations up to 2 in. possible.

  • Tuesday

    Partly cloudy with a chance of snow. High of 36F with a windchill as low as 7F. Breezy. Winds from the North at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 20%.

  • Tuesday Night

    Clear. Low of 14F with a windchill as low as 3F. Winds from the NW at 5 to 15 mph.

  • Wednesday

    Clear. High of 41F. Winds from the West at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Wednesday Night

    Clear. Low of 27F with a windchill as low as 12F. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Thursday

    Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 48F. Windy. Winds from the West at 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

  • Thursday Night

    Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 19F with a windchill as low as 7F. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Friday

    Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 37F. Winds from the NW at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the SSW in the afternoon.

  • Friday Night

    Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 18F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 15 mph.

  • Saturday

    Partly cloudy. High of 37F with a windchill as low as 9F. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Saturday Night

    Clear. Low of 23F with a windchill as low as 7F. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Sunday

    Partly cloudy. High of 46F. Breezy. Winds from the West at 15 to 20 mph.

  • Sunday Night

    Clear. Low of 14F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Monday

    Clear. High of 41F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 15 mph.

  • Monday Night

    Clear. Low of 9F with a windchill as low as -2F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Tuesday

    Partly cloudy. High of 28F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Tuesday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 9F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Wednesday

    Clear. High of 36F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Wednesday Night

    Clear. Low of 16F with a windchill as low as 7F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Thursday

    Clear. High of 37F with a windchill as low as 14F. Winds from the West at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Thursday Night

    Clear. Low of 21F with a windchill as low as 10F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Friday

    Clear. High of 45F. Winds from the West at 5 to 15 mph.

Severe Weather Alert Descriptions

 Winter Storm Warning  Statement as of 3:43 PM MST on December 22, 2014


... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 8 am MST
Tuesday...

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow remains in effect until 8 am
MST Tuesday.

* Snow accumulations... 2 to 4 inches.

* Timing... snow will develop this evening and become locally
heavy overnight before tapering off Tuesday morning.

* Winds... generally tapering off before snow commences.

* Snow levels... temperatures will become cold enough for snow at
all locations this evening.

* Local impacts... the combination of snow... blowing snow... and
frigid temperatures will reduce visibilities and create very
hazardous travel conditions... including Interstate 25 around
Las Vegas and Interstate 40 around Clines Corners.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow
are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an
emergency. If you must travel... keep an extra flashlight... food...
and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.






 Public Information Statement  Statement as of 4:33 PM MST on December 22, 2014


Preliminary snow reports across north and central New Mexico
for the last 17 hours.

... County... storm total time/date of
   location /inches/ measurement

... Colfax County...
   Angel Fire 2.0 334 PM 12/22

... Taos County...
   Red River 1.0 348 PM 12/22
   Taos 0.5 315 PM 12/22

... Union County...
   Capulin 4.0 338 PM 12/22
   Folsom 9 ENE 2.0 848 am 12/22
   Folsom 6 NNE 2.0 844 am 12/22
   Grenville 0.5 753 am 12/22

Preliminary liquid equivalent reports across north and central New Mexico
for the last 17 hours.

... County... storm total time/date of
   location /inches/ measurement

... Colfax County...
   Raton crews Airport 0.10 237 PM 12/22
      - krtn ASOS.

Preliminary peak non-thunderstorm wind gust reports across north and central New
Mexico for the last 17 hours.

... County... Peak gust time/date of
   location /mph/ measurement

... Bernalillo County...
   Albuquerque 5 S 55 252 PM 12/22
      - kabq ASOS.
   Albuquerque 10 WNW 47 247 PM 12/22
      - kaeg AWOS.

... Catron County...
   Reserve 1 WNW 44 408 PM 12/22
      - Reserve RAWS.

... Chaves County...
   Roswell 4 SSE 51 744 am 12/22
      - krow ASOS.
   Mesa 8 se 50 357 am 12/22
   Mesa 4 S 43 1015 am 12/22

... Cibola County...
   Milan 2 SSW 46 315 PM 12/22
      - kgnt AWOS.
   New Laguna 1 N 42 353 PM 12/22
      - Laguna RAWS.

... Guadalupe County...
   Milagro 3 ESE 44 200 PM 12/22

... Lincoln County...
   Fort Stanton 2 SSW 52 935 am 12/22
      - ksrr AWOS.

... Los Alamos County...
   Los Alamos 1 se 66 415 PM 12/22
      - klam AWOS.
   Los Alamos 2 SSW 47 745 am 12/22
   bandelier natl Monument 3 NW 46 345 am 12/22
   Los Alamos 2 ENE 44 147 am 12/22

... McKinley County...
   Gallup 3 WNW 36 207 PM 12/22
      - kgup ASOS.

... Rio Arriba County...
   Dulce 40 128 PM 12/22
      - Dulce RAWS.

... San Juan County...
   Farmington 2 W 38 210 PM 12/22
      - kfmn ASOS.

... San Miguel County...
   Las Vegas 6 NE 48 211 PM 12/22
      - klvs ASOS.

... Sandoval County...
   Placitas 1 ESE 48 122 PM 12/22
   Frijoles 48 308 PM 12/22
      - tower RAWS.
   Bandelier natl Monument 17 NW 45 810 am 12/22

... Santa Fe County...
   San Ildefonso Pueblo 6 WSW 55 300 am 12/22
   La Cienega 3 NNE 52 353 PM 12/22
      - ksaf ASOS.
   Stanley 50 354 PM 12/22
   Agua Fria 4 WSW 45 100 PM 12/22

... Taos County...
   Taos 41 100 PM 12/22
   Arroyo Hondo 5 S 41 1235 PM 12/22
      - kskx AWOS.

... Torrance County...
   Clines Corners 1 SSE 61 246 PM 12/22
      - kcqc ASOS.
   Moriarty 3 ESE 55 355 PM 12/22
      - k0e0 AWOS.
   Estancia 5 W 41 102 PM 12/22

... Valencia County...
   Belen 3 WSW 53 415 PM 12/22
      - ke80 AWOS.

Preliminary sustained wind reports across north and central New
Mexico for the last 17 hours.

... County... wind speed time/date of
   location /mph/ measurement

... Chaves County...
   Mesa 8 se 38 912 am 12/22

... Lincoln County...
   Fort Stanton 2 SSW 38 355 am 12/22
      - ksrr AWOS.

... Los Alamos County...
   Los Alamos 1 se 37 415 PM 12/22
      - klam AWOS.

... Torrance County...
   Clines Corners 1 SSE 44 953 am 12/22
      - kcqc ASOS.
   Moriarty 3 ESE 37 355 PM 12/22
      - k0e0 AWOS.

... Valencia County...
   Belen 3 WSW 45 415 PM 12/22
      - ke80 AWOS.



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Location: San Geronimo, Las Vegas, NM

Updated: 8:36 PM MST

Temperature: 28.0 °F Dew Point: 24 °F Humidity: 86% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.86 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 28 °F Graphs

Location: State Route 97, Watrous, NM

Updated: 8:32 PM MST

Temperature: 27.5 °F Dew Point: 26 °F Humidity: 96% Wind: North at - Pressure: 29.51 in Hourly Precipitation: - Windchill: 28 °F Graphs

Location: Ilfeld, NM

Updated: 8:36 PM MST

Temperature: 29.3 °F Dew Point: 27 °F Humidity: 92% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.20 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 29 °F Graphs

Location: Pendaries RV Resort, Rociada, NM

Updated: 8:36 PM MST

Temperature: 25.4 °F Dew Point: 22 °F Humidity: 87% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.42 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 25 °F Graphs

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NWS Forecaster Discussion




Area forecast discussion...updated 
National Weather Service Albuquerque nm 
458 PM MST Monday Dec 22 2014 


Aviation... 
00z taf cycle 
mix of conditions forecast across the area overnight into Tuesday... 
with mostly VFR conditions forecast central and west...and 
MVFR/IFR conditions east. Strong and gusty north-northwest low level flow will 
persist overnight into Tuesday as well. Expect mountain 
obscurations...especially along the east slopes of the Central 
Mountain chain. Deterioration into IFR is possible at krow 
overnight...but forecast confidence low at this time so going with 
prevailing MVFR ceilings after 09z. 


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&& 


Previous discussion...319 PM MST Monday Dec 22 2014... 
synopsis... 
strong winds...colder temperatures and snow is on the way for the 
next 24 hours or so. Strong west to northwest winds will continue 
through the early evening hours across western and central New 
Mexico as precipitation continues to expand along and east of the 
Central Mountain chain. Later this evening...all the of the 
precipitation should change to snow...with snow accumulations 
generally around 1 to 3 inches across the plains...and 5 to 10 
inches across the northern mountains and the Raton ridge. Strong 
north winds will return again on Tuesday across the eastern plains 
which may result in blowing snow as well as blowing dust 
originating from southeast Colorado. A quiet Wednesday is in 
store...but another system may impact the state late Christmas day 
and Friday with more precipitation...breezes and much colder 
temperatures. 


&& 


Discussion... 
the next 12 to 24 hours should be the most active period of the week 
with strong to damaging winds...snow...and much colder temperatures. 
However...another system arriving late on Christmas day will bring 
much colder temperatures to the land of enchantment for the day 
after Christmas. 


Banded snow began this morning across northeast nm in line with middle 
level fgen forcing. This forcing will slowly slide south and 
westward through the evening and overnight hours as the middle level 
back door front pushes farther into the state. Thus...expect 
precipitation to expand south and west across the plains. Some 
upslope component to the winds should aid in snow development across 
the central and northeast Highlands. Additionally...with strong 
north to northwesterly flow aloft...orographically enhanced snow 
will also favor the northwest facing slopes of the northern high 
terrain...as well as the Raton ridge. Will expand the Winter Weather 
Advisory into zone 516...mainly for areas north of Taos...but also 
for the favored upslope areas. Otherwise...highlights in good 
shape...though believe the Sacramento Mountains will struggle to reach 
advisory criteria. 


In addition to the snow...strong winds have been noted across much 
of central and western nm today. Expect the strongest gusts to occur 
between now and sunset. However...the 700 mb speed maximum of 50 to 
60kts will slide westward this evening. Therefore...areas along the 
Continental Divide should remain breezy...if not windy...overnight. 
Have opted to keep the Southwest Mountains in a Wind Advisory 
through the overnight period...as places like Magdalena ridge should 
blow quite well...with gusts even over 60mph for a time. 


Additionally....there are showers producing little rain across 
portions of central and western nm this afternoon...including Albuquerque. 
These showers are dragging some of the strong momentum aloft down to 
the surface...resulting in mainly dry microbursts with gusts near 
45-50kts. This may continue for another 2 to 3 hours. 


Another round of strong winds is expected for Tuesday. A belt of 
50-60kt 7h winds will slide over the eastern plains early Tuesday. 
As some of this momentum is translated to the surface...it is likely 
that areas around Clayton will see gusts over 50kt...and much of the 
eastern plains should be quite windy. Will issue a high wind watch 
for Union County...and additional zones southward along the Texas 
border will likely need wind advisories. With snow likely to be on 
the ground from today and tonights precipitation...blowing snow will be a 
factor. Additionally...as we have seen with previous strong back 
door cold front events...dust from southeast Colorado may be picked 
up and carried into northeast nm. The dust source region is not 
expected to see much in the way of snow today or tonight...so it is 
possible that there could be a layer of dust on top of the snow that 
falls tonight across northeast nm. 


The snow should largely end Tuesday morning...and the second round 
of strong winds should end Tuesday evening. Afterwards...mostly 
clear skies...calm winds and any remaining snow on the ground will 
result in efficient radiational cooling. Low temperatures Tuesday night 
will be quite frigid...with single digits across the west and 
north...and some below zero readings across north central nm. 


Quieter conditions in store for Wednesday...though remaining chilly. 
On Christmas day...Lee side troughing will help to raise 
temperatures more substantially across the eastern plains...with 
many areas in the 60s. Another storm system will race toward 
northern nm Christmas day and Friday. Too early to say how much 
precipitation will be associated with this system...though there 
looks to be many shortwaves ejecting across nm around the main 
trough. At least northern nm should receive some precipitation out of 
it...but more confidence lies with the much colder temperatures that 
will arrive on Friday. After a toasty...relatively 
speaking...Christmas day...most of the County Warning Area will struggle to make it 
into the middle 30s on the day after Christmas. 


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&& 


Fire weather... 
very strong northwest flow stretching from northwest to southeast over New Mexico 
this afternoon with surface low centered over southeast New Mexico. 
Surface low to continue sagging southward tonight as high pressure 
builds into the state. The strongest Montana top winds forecast to shift 
to the Continental Divide region tonight...so expect some strong and gusty 
northwest to north winds there...especially over ridgetops and peaks 
where gusts to around 55 miles per hour or greater possible. By early Tuesday 
strongest core of 700 mb winds will shift to the northeast/east Central 
Plains...where sustained northerly winds could range from 30 to 45 
miles per hour and gust as high as 65 miles per hour. Elsewhere Tuesday brisk north winds 
will be widespread. Winds taper off Tuesday night and moreso 
Wednesday as a ridge temporarily rules the region. 


Snow will become more widespread tonight favoring the central Montana 
chain to the Texas border. Accumulations are not expected to be 
impressive with the greater amounts focused over the sangre Delaware 
cristos...far northeast and along the east slopes of the central Montana 
chain. Showers this afternoon from the rgv westward should taper 
off later tonight and are not expected to result in widespread snow 
accumulations...although peaks and northwest facing slopes could pick up a 
couple of inches. Isolated thunder...with localized but strong wind 
gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour this afternoon should also taper off as 
temperatures cool down. 


Precipitation tapers off overall Tuesday but as mentioned above 
strong north winds will combine with temperatures 5 to nearly 20 
degrees below average. Dew points crater Tuesday night...leading to 
below average lows early Wednesday. Temperatures remain below 
average until Christmas day as another system swings through the 
Great Basin and over northern nm. Montana top winds are forecast to again 
increase 50kt or so...and a corresponding surface low/Lee trough 
will boost highs above average. Showers could also develop across 
the north and portions of the west...then spread into the east as a 
cold front tracks southward...setting up a return to below average 
highs Friday. 


Cooler than average weather persists through next weekend as another 
trough sinks into the Great Basin and the unsettled weather pattern 
dominates. 


Vent rates Tuesday will be good to excellent overall but the 
northwest...but will be poor over the majority of the region 
Wednesday. Vent rates improve significantly Christmas day...then 
worsen Friday/Saturday. 


&& 




Abq watches/warnings/advisories... 
Winter Weather Advisory until 8 am MST Tuesday for the following 
zones...nmz522-524-526-528-531>537-539. 


Winter Storm Warning until 5 am MST Tuesday for the following 
zones...nmz513>515-527-530. 


High wind watch from Tuesday morning through Tuesday afternoon for 
the following zones...nmz530. 


Wind Advisory until 5 am MST Tuesday for the following zones... 
nmz508. 


Winter Weather Advisory until 5 am MST Tuesday for the following 
zones...nmz510>512-516. 


Winter Storm Warning until 8 am MST Tuesday for the following 
zones...nmz523-529. 


&& 


$$ 


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