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During the winter season, it is important to keep up with the latest forecasts and warnings.  In these pages devoted to winter weather, we review winter safety information (in English and Spanish), describe the products used to convey winter threats, discuss the various types of precipitation that occur in the cold season, and present the climatology of various snow amounts for several locations across New Mexico.

The complex terrain of New Mexico, ranging from the eastern plains, high mountains across the northern and western regions, to the Rio Grande Valley, combines to create weather regimes that change quickly over relatively short distances. Highway travelers may find themselves first in light snow or rain then suddenly in heavy snow as the highway climbs through a mountain pass. The weather may be relatively mild and sunny along the Rio Grande valley from Socorro to Albuquerque, with near blizzard conditions found across the high plains east of the central mountain chain. Winter weather can be deadly if you fail to take proper precautions. Be sure to check out the information available on our web site to become familiar with winter weather safety facts, products, and climate.

 Additional safety information, plus help in preparedness planning, is available by contacting the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the following numbers:

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Northern and Central New Mexico (NWS Albuquerque NM)
Scott Overpeck - Warning Coordination Meteorologist
(505) 244-9150 Ext. 223
Image of El Paso's County Warning Area within New Mexico
Southwest and South Central New Mexico (NWS El Paso TX)
Jason Laney - Warning Coordination Meteorologist
(575) 589-4088 Ext. 223
Image of Midland's County Warning Area within New Mexico

Southeastern New Mexico (NWS Midland TX)
  Amber Hluchan - Warning Coordination Meteorologist
(432) 563-5901 Ext. 223