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Snow Diving South into New Mexico

December 09, 2012; 12:51 PM

Snow is not only spreading across the Upper Midwest this weekend, but also southward through the Rockies.

The snow invading the Rockies will continue its march southward through tonight, pressing from Colorado into New Mexico.

The ski slopes within the mountains of Colorado and northeastern New Mexico will welcome a fresh 3 to 6 inches of snow.

A general 1 to 3 inches will whiten the neighboring 1-25 corridor from Trinidad, Colo., to Las Vegas, N.M.

The snow began its march southward through Colorado earlier this weekend, accumulating a coating in Denver Saturday night. This afternoon is when the snow will reach Las Vegas, N.M.

Late this afternoon and evening, a snow shower may even survive the trip into Albuquerque, N.M., a city that averages slightly more than 9 inches of snow each winter.

While adding to the festive mood of the holiday season, the snow does bring travel hazards. Motorists, including those on I-25, should use caution and prepare to encounter slick roadways, despite the warm start to the weekend.

With the snow will also come the arrival of significantly colder air, which will hold temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below Saturday's highs across Colorado and northeastern New Mexico today.

Temperatures in Albuquerque will be held to near 45 degrees today, well short of Saturday's highs of 59 degrees. A low of 17 degrees tonight will then definitely have residents shivering.

An end to the snow event in the Rockies will come tonight as a little snow steaks eastward onto the Texas Panhandle.

Thumbnail image provided by Wei Chen/Photos.com.

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