New Mexico weather: Snow and strong winds move across the state

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Wind, rain and snow continue to move across New Mexico Saturday as a powerful cold front brings sweeping changes for the weekend.

Albuquerque’s rain chances will taper off by the middle of Saturday morning with strong, gusty winds continuing into the afternoon. The cold front will then push east bringing scattered showers and high elevation snow to parts of northeastern and eastern New Mexico this afternoon. The Northern Mountains will continue to see snow into the early evening.

Many areas will be waking up to morning lows below zero and in the single digits on Sunday morning. Albuquerque will have lows in the teens on Sunday with highs only topping out in the 30s.

Temperatures will tumble throughout the day. Many areas have already reached their high temperatures and it will be much colder in the afternoon. The cold front is bringing in much colder air causing temperatures to fall back into the 30s, 20, 10s and even the single digits across extreme northeastern New Mexico.

Forecasters say strong winds and heavy snow will reduce visibility and pack some roadways with snow and ice in northern New Mexico while strong winds are expected across much of the state, including the eastern plains.

A National Weather Service winter storm warning for Friday evening through mid-morning Saturday says snow accumulations will range between 3 and 7 inches in the far northwest highlands and the upper Rio Grande Valley.

Between 10 and 20 inches of snow are likely in the San Juan Mountains above Chama and 5 to 10 inches elsewhere in the northern mountains.

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