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Forecasters: "A highly complex and potentially historic storm system" for state

High winds, tornado watch in southeast. Governor tweets: "Stay safe New Mexico!"

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Update 9:14 a.m., March 13: Peñasco schools are closed, Moreno Valley High School, Eagle Nest and Cimarron schools are all on two hour delays today due to snow .

Update 5 p.m., March 12: The National Weather Service Albuquerque issued an update today (Mar. 12) about "a highly complex and potentially historic storm system" that will impact New Mexico during the next 36-48 hours. Real-time road conditions can be found at NMRoads.com.

Dangerous weather conditions are expected to include fast-moving severe thunderstorms capable of large hail (up to baseball-sized), damaging wind, and possibly tornadoes this afternoon and evening for east-central and southeast New Mexico south of I-40 and east of U.S. 54.

Forecasters state this is a significant early season severe weather threat. Dangerously high winds (gusts 65-75 mph) are then expected across much of central and eastern New Mexico on Wednesday.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham tweeted: "Stay safe New Mexico! There is extreme weather predicted across much of the state tonight, including a tornado watch for SE N.M. Please stay indoors and listen to warnings and alerts."

Winds of this magnitude will be capable of flipping high-profile vehicles, as well as causing property damage. Finally, heavy snow is expected after midnight over much of northern and western New Mexico with difficult winter driving conditions expected. Snow will likely continue into Wednesday.

Initial report 8 a.m., March 11:

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a late winter storm warning for parts of northcentral and western New Mexico, including Taos County. Several inches of snow accumulation is expected in places such as Red River and elevations above 9,500 feet through Tuesday evening (March 12).  The warning is from 6 a.m. today through 6 p.m. Tuesday.

A Pacific storm is moving across southern California and Arizona and into New Mexico. Rain is expected at lower elevations.

Drivers could find traveling difficult over mountain passes in the region and should be prepared for high winds, blowing snow and poor visibility. 

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