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Snow Forecast for Mountains

After 56 consecutive days without measurable precipitation, this man had a chance to use his umbrella Friday in Downtown Albuquerque. More wet weather is forecast for New Mexico through the weekend. (roberto E. Rosales/journal)
After 56 consecutive days without measurable precipitation, this man had a chance to use his umbrella Friday in Downtown Albuquerque. More wet weather is forecast for New Mexico through the weekend. (roberto E. Rosales/journal)
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A winter storm teased New Mexico on Friday with rain and snow showers, but forecasters say it saved its most promising action for this weekend.

For the state’s northern mountains, from the Jemez north to the San Juans and east to the Sangre de Cristos, the National Weather Service forecast 2 to 6 inches of snow above 6,500 feet, with even higher amounts above 8,500 feet in elevation.

With snow creating possible driving risks across the northern part of the state, especially in the northwest, the Weather Service issued its first official winter storm warning of the 2012-13 snow season, which started at 11 p.m. Friday and extends to 11 a.m. Sunday.

In Albuquerque and other lower-elevation areas of the Rio Grande Valley, snow is possible, but far less likely than in the mountains. There is a 30 percent chance of snow today in the metro area, with just a slight chance of snow Saturday night and Sunday in Albuquerque, according to the Weather Service.

But snow or not, the metro area is likely to see its lowest temperatures of the season to date, with a forecast high in the low 50s today and in the 40s Sunday.

Forecasters also have their eye on a second storm, which could bring more wet weather to New Mexico on Wednesday and Thursday.
— This article appeared on page B1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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