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Watches & Warnings

High Wind Watch
Issued: 2:33 AM MDT Mar. 17, 2018 – National Weather Service

... High wind watch in effect from Sunday afternoon through Sunday

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a high
wind watch, which is in effect from Sunday afternoon through
Sunday evening.

* Location... the Sandia Mountains southward to the Sacramento
Mountains and eastward to the Texas border.

* Winds... west winds at 30 to 45 mph with gusts 55 to 65 mph.

* Timing... winds will develop early Sunday afternoon and continue
through mid evening Sunday.

* Visibility... local reductions due to blowing dust will be

* Local impacts... drivers of vans, campers, trailers, and other
high-profile vehicles should exercise extreme caution. This
especially includes travel on U.S. Route 54 and U.S. Route 285,
and other north-south oriented roads.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Remember, a high wind watch means conditions are favorable for a
potentially damaging high wind event in and close to the watch
area. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph
or more can lead to property damage. Monitor the latest forecasts
at weather.Gov/abq, listen to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite
media outlet.


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.

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