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No snow expected in Santa Fe for Christmas Eve — and no rain either | Local News

According to the Albuquerque National Weather Service, a “strong and fast-moving” storm system is blowing over New Mexico today – but it will only snow clearly in high mountain areas.

While it continued to rain in Santa Fe this afternoon, National Weather Service meteorologist Clay Anderson said rainfall in the city will likely dry up between 5 and 7 p.m. before temperatures drop enough for snow.

Albuquerque meteorologist Randall Hergert said in a briefing this morning that the storm could cause disruption for last-minute vacationers. The strongest winds will blow over eastern New Mexico, while over 9,000 feet of snow could fall in the northern region.

Hergert said particular caution should be exercised on north-south highways such as Interstate 25 and US 285 and along US 64 between Taos and Dulce and between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarilla.

Light snow fell this morning near the Sangre de Cristo mountains – where the wind could reach more than 100 miles per hour, according to the briefing today.

Anderson said this afternoon that some snowflakes are likely to hit the Santa Fe Ski Basin area, but the town itself is unlikely to catch any significant snowfall.

The highest wind speed at Santa Fe Regional Airport this afternoon was 30 miles per hour, Anderson said.

If the precipitation continues, there may be a light mix of snow and rain in the region tonight.

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