Weekend storm could bring dangerous driving conditions

National Weather Service warns of single-digit temperatures

National Weather Service

Updated Saturday (Jan. 20), 5:15 p.m.: According to the National Weather Service, "Rain and high terrain snow will spread into western parts of the state this evening, shifting into central areas around midnight...More significant snow accumulations are forecast for the higher elevation mountains, especially in northern New Mexico." 

Cold weather, a bit of snow and potentially dangerous roads are headed to Northern New Mexico this weekend, according to a statement from the National Weather Service.

A strong cold front "will race from west to east across New Mexico" Saturday eventing (Jan. 20) and early Sunday (Jan. 21), the statement read.

Taos County is included in the area that is expected to get some snow and rain part of Saturday, with chances of snow picking up Saturday night.

While it may not be the winter wonder land everyone's hoping for, the front could create "difficult to severe travel conditions" due to plunging temperatures and rapidly freezing precipitation on roadways.

The greatest potential for dangerous traveling conditions includes the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, as well as the Tusas (in western Taos County) and Jemez Mountains.

Temperatures in Taos are expected to be below 20 degrees Saturday night and as low as 8 degrees Sunday evening, according to the weather agency's extended forecast.

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