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Snow expected this week as temperature drops

A car is pushed on Dec. 29, 2015, at East 23rd and Main streets when Roswell was hit by Winter Storm Goliath. (Daily Record File Photo)

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Chilly temperatures and snow are expected to arrive across the southwestern U.S. this week, creating challenging conditions across parts of northern and central New Mexico.

Temperatures will drop locally as well, and snow is expected. The National Weather Service was predicting a 60 percent chance of snow and rain during the day on Friday, when the high is expected to reach 38. The chance of snow increases to 80 percent Friday night, when the low will drop to 21 degrees.

On Saturday, the high here is expected to reach 29 degrees, with a 40 percent chance of snow. The low is anticipated to be 13 degrees Saturday night, with cloudy skies — and the temperature is not expected to rise above freezing again until Sunday, when a high of 33 and mostly sunny skies are expected.

Those predictions for the Roswell area were delivered by the NWS on Wednesday afternoon.

Regionally, the NWS predicted a low pressure system that settled in Wednesday would result in scattered showers and snow, with most accumulation taking place at higher elevations.

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“A second low pressure system will impact New Mexico late Thursday into Friday, bringing much colder temperatures and another round of snow to a large part of the state,” according to a NWS advisory. “A few to several inches of snow accumulation will be possible for many locations, beginning late Thursday and continuing through the day Friday and into Friday night.”

In areas that experience the most substantial snow accumulation, New Mexicans are warned travel could be impacted.

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