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Wintry weekend forecast for New Mexico

A view of Albuquerque from atop Sandia Crest on Thursday. A mixture of rain and snow is expected by Saturday afternoon. A half-inch to an inch of snow could fall in parts of the Albuquerque area. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — More winter weather is on the way to parts of New Mexico over the weekend.

Parts of the Albuquerque area could receive up to an inch of snow by Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Areas of the northern mountains, including Taos and Chama, are expected to receive between 8 inches and a foot of snow. Las Vegas may receive up to 4 inches of snow, while up to 2 inches may fall in Santa Fe.

Snow showers were expected to fall across western and central New Mexico from Friday night into Saturday, with rain mixing with snow in the Albuquerque area and other parts of the Middle Rio Grande Valley. The higher snow totals in the Albuquerque area are expected in the Sandia and Manzano mountains.

Areas in the western and north-central parts of the state are under a winter storm warning and a winter weather advisory through 4 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to the snow and rain, breezy conditions are expected in many areas. Wind gusts of up to 40 mph are possible in western and north-central New Mexico. Winds in the Albuquerque area are expected to be 15 to 20 mph.

The snow chances will decrease in the Albuquerque area during the day Saturday. High temperatures are expected to be in the 30s, with lows in the teens and 20s.

Saturday night, a cold front will bring light snow across northeastern and east-central New Mexico.

Travel may be difficult at times along Interstate 25 from Santa Fe through Raton Pass, Interstate 40 between Gallup and Grants and from Tijeras Pass through Edgewood, U.S. 285 from Santa Fe through EspaƱola, and U.S. 550 from Cuba to Aztec.

Freezing fog could also make road travel difficult in eastern New Mexico this weekend.

The winter weather is expected to calm down by Sunday. Little precipitation is expected through New Year’s Day for much of the state.

Travelers can receive updates about winter road conditions at nmroads.com, or by calling 511.

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