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Winter storm to hit New Mexico starting Thursday night

December 27, 2018
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A winter storm blankets Santa Fe, N.M., with snow and snarled morning traffic on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. Forecasters with the National Weather Service say a major winter storm will hammer New Mexico in the new few days with significant snowfall accumulations expected in many parts of the state along with road closures and other travel impacts. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters say a major winter storm will hammer New Mexico in the next few days with significant snowfall accumulations and bitterly cold wind chills, along with road closures and other travel impacts.

The National Weather Service encourages people traveling the region to prepare for dangerous winter weather conditions, and says driving in the mountains and plateaus could be difficult to impossible.

The storm was expected to strike the state Thursday night through Saturday, first taking aim at northern and central New Mexico. Heavy snow is expected on the eastern plains Friday.

Wind gusts in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas are expected to reach up to 60 mph (97 kph), and cause blowing and drifting snow with whiteout conditions at times.

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