December 31st, 2018 – Another major winter storm will begin to impact southern Colorado and parts of northern and western New Mexico today. Snow totals with this storm will be high in the northern mountains and eastern plains. Travel concerns will begin later today as I-40 west and especially I-25 north are impacted with moderate snow. What is unique about this storm is the long duration that is expected. The snow hole phenomenon in Albuquerque will be a huge factor due to the downslope winds. However, an enhanced surge of low-level and mid-level on Tuesday and Wednesday will allow for accumulations in the metro. Up to 2” are possible in downtown while accumulations of up to 6” are possible near Tramway.
The snow will continue into Wednesday. Driving will be dangerous across southern Colorado and most of New Mexico through Thursday morning. There should be a warmup by the weekend.