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Winter storm warning issued

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A winter storm warning went into effect Sunday for much of southeast New Mexico, as the region is likely to be hit by a combination of snow and rain.

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque issued the warning Sunday at about 4 p.m., to remain in effect until Wednesday at 6 p.m. for areas including southwestern Chaves County, Chaves County plains, Curry County, De Baca County, eastern Lincoln County, Quay County and Roosevelt County.

“A powerful backdoor cold front and deepening storm to the west will combine to bring snow to northern and central New Mexico through Wednesday. In addition to the snow will be brief periods of sleet and freezing rain across portions of the east central and southeast plains,” according to the warning posted on the website of the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

Precipitation that will be heavy at times is expected, with total snow accumulations of between four and seven inches, along with a light glaze of ice and winds reaching as high as 35 miles per hour, the National Weather Service website states.

Record-breaking cold air with wind chills approaching near or below zero will make travel hazardous, and snow will continue through Wednesday across the east as precipitation wraps around the storm system.

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Travel on both U.S. Highway 285 and Interstate 40 will be impacted. Because of the conditions presented by large amounts of snow, people are encouraged to travel only in emergencies.

According to the warning, individuals who do travel are urged to keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in their vehicles in the event of an emergency.