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It’s Going to Be a Mess! Texas and New Mexico, You Have Been Warned

20 Jan 2015, 9:21 am

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It’ll be back to a winter-like reality for much of the southern Rockies and into the plains of west Texas and Oklahoma later on this week.

After watching the mercury soar well into the 60s and 70s across much of New Mexico and Texas on Monday, many of those same areas could see as much as a half foot of snow on Wednesday and Thursday, impacting travelers in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles and through much of New Mexico and southern Colorado.


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An upper-level low will spin out of the southern Rockies on Wednesday morning, and its counter-clockwise circulation will draw in cooler air from the north – likely spelling snow for much of the Land of Enchantment on Wednesday. Those planning to use I-40 and I-25 through New Mexico on Wednesday and especially into Wednesday night should prepare for the possibility of heavy snow, possibly mixed with sleet and freezing rain in south-central New Mexico.

Then, by Thursday morning, a wide swath of Texas from Van Horn through Midland/Odessa and north through Lubbock and Amarillo could see heavy snowfall. The snow expands further north into Colorado and the Oklahoma panhandle during the day on Thursday. Amarillo and Lubbock could see a 3-6″ snowfall, potentially rendering I-27 a sloppy mess.


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For much of Texas including Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston, a chilly rain will fall, and that moisture will eventually spread east into the Southeast later Thursday and especially into Friday.

Winter Storm Watches have already been posted for much of New Mexico and could be expanded into parts of Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma during the day on Tuesday.

Stay tuned to WeatherNation for more on this potential winter storm.

 

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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