East Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Special Statement
Issued: 3:40 AM MDT Mar. 17, 2018 – National Weather Service

... A mix of snow and rain... isolated thunderstorms... strong winds
and critical fire weather conditions likely Sunday...

A late winter storm system will swing across northern and central
New Mexico Sunday and Sunday evening, bringing a variety of weather
to the region.

The northwest, west central and north central will see a mix of
rain and snow, along with a few thunderstorms. Accumulating snow
looks to favor the higher terrain of the chuska, San Juan, Sangre
de Cristo and Jemez Mountains Sunday. Since the storm will be
quick hitting, some of the higher snowfall amounts may range from
4 to 8 inches.

Very strong to potentially damaging southwest to west winds are
expected to develop for much of the region along and south of
Interstate 40 by midday Sunday and persist into the evening.
Gusts to around 55 to 65 mph are possible. Patchy to areas of
blowing dust could limit visibilities in the Rio Grande Valley and
portions of the east central and southeast plains. By Sunday
evening winds will shift to the northwest ushering colder air,
especially over northeast New Mexico, where winds will remain
strong overnight.

Critical fire weather conditions are likely over the northeast and
east Central Plains Sunday afternoon, where the combination of
near to above average temperatures and low humidities along with
strong winds will occur.

Strong winds, mountain snow and blowing dust may inhibit travel
over northern and central New Mexico Sunday and Sunday night.
Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, weather.Gov/abq or your local media
for the latest updates on this evolving weather situation.

Fire Weather Warning
Issued: 5:50 AM MDT Mar. 17, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Red flag warning remains in effect from noon today to 8 PM MDT
this evening...

* area and timing... the northeast Highlands will observe
critical conditions this afternoon through early this evening.

* 20 foot winds... south to southwest winds at 15 to 25 mph with
occasional gusts to 35 mph.

* Relative humidity... falling to 5 and 15 percent today.

* Impacts... any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in the
field of this red flag warning.