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Winter storm watch issued for Chaves County


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A winter storm watch has been issued for Chaves County that will last from Wednesday at 5 p.m. until 11 a.m. Thursday.

The watch, issued Tuesday by the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, stated that some storm systems will bring rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain to the Chaves County Plains, southwestern Chaves County and other parts of eastern New Mexico.

The watch was also issued for the South Central Mountains along with Curry, De Baca, Guadalupe, Quay, Roosevelt and eastern Lincoln counties.

“Widespread precipitation will begin across southern New Mexico Wednesday afternoon, starting as mountain snow and a rain/snow mix in lower elevations. As temperatures cool Wednesday night, a change over to snow or wintry mix is likely,” the watch states.

Snowfall could lead to decreased visibility, slick travel conditions and possible freezing rain that could produce icy roads.

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Snow accumulations of between 2 to 4 inches are expected. Elevations above 7,500 feet will get 6 to 10 inches, while the lower elevation plains will get about one-tenth of an inch of ice, according to the National Weather Service.

Freezing rain or sleet is possible for the southeast and east central plains through Thanksgiving morning. A colder storm system will bring more precipitation and reduced snow levels Friday.

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