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High Wind Watch

Statement as of 3:32 PM MDT on March 22, 2017

Expires 10:00 PM EDT on March 23, 2017


... High wind watch in effect from Thursday afternoon through
Thursday evening...

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

* Location... much of the eastern Highlands and plains of New
Mexico.

* Winds... southwest 30 to 45 mph with gusts up to 65 mph.

* Timing... winds will strengthen around mid day on Thursday, then
become very strong during the mid to late afternoon. Speeds will
trend downward with sunset, but will probably remain hazardous
in many locations Thursday night and especially Friday.

* Visibility... dropping to 1 to 3 miles at times in dust prone
locations.

* Local impacts... unsecured objects may become airborne and power
lines may topple over. Power outages will be possible. Cross
winds will be dangerous on northwest-to-southeast oriented
roads, like Highway 285 from Eldorado to Mesa.

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

Statement as of 3:48 PM MDT on March 22, 2017

Expires 6:00 PM EDT on March 22, 2017


... Potent Spring storm to bring an end to the recent warmth...

The extended period of record warmth will come to a dramatic end
Thursday as a potent Spring storm system impacts New Mexico with
wind, Rain, Mountain snow and much cooler temperatures.

Southwest winds will increase Thursday morning ahead of a strong
upper low and surface cold front. Many areas within central and
eastern nm will experience wind gusts between 45 and 65 mph along
with localized areas of blowing dust. The cold front will plow
eastward through late afternoon and shift winds dramatically to
the west. Much cooler air will move into nm behind this front
with windy conditions continuing.Nrain and high terrain snow
showers will also develop over northern and western nm behind the
front. Meanwhile, a dryline will set up over far eastern nm and
increase the chance for a few severe thunderstorms along the TX
state line.

A second cold front will blast into the northeast late Thursday
night and drive south Friday with high winds, colder air and
precipitation.

This storm system will quickly intensify over northeastern nm
Thursday night and Friday before exiting into the Central Plains
states. A second cold front will blast south into northeast New
Mexico late Thursday night and roar south Friday. High winds
will develop over eastern nm with gusts up to 65 mph possible.
High terrain snow will continue over the Sangre de Cristo
Mountains eastward along the co border. The potential exists for
several inches of wind blown snow to accumulate in this area,
including Angel Fire, Ute Park, Raton Pass, Des Moines, Capulin
and Folsom.

The combination of windy conditions with much cooler temperatures
across the entire area will be a shock compared to the recent
warmth.


40

348 PM MDT Wed Mar 22 2017

... Potent Spring storm to bring an end to the recent warmth...

The extended period of record warmth will come to a dramatic end
Thursday as a potent Spring storm system impacts New Mexico with
wind, Rain, Mountain snow and much cooler temperatures.

Southwest winds will increase Thursday morning ahead of a strong
upper low and surface cold front. Many areas within central and
eastern nm will experience wind gusts between 45 and 65 mph along
with localized areas of blowing dust. The cold front will plow
eastward through late afternoon and shift winds dramatically to
the west. Much cooler air will move into nm behind this front
with windy conditions continuing.Nrain and high terrain snow
showers will also develop over northern and western nm behind the
front. Meanwhile, a dryline will set up over far eastern nm and
increase the chance for a few severe thunderstorms along the TX
state line.

A second cold front will blast into the northeast late Thursday
night and drive south Friday with high winds, colder air and
precipitation.

This storm system will quickly intensify over northeastern nm
Thursday night and Friday before exiting into the Central Plains
states. A second cold front will blast south into northeast New
Mexico late Thursday night and roar south Friday. High winds
will develop over eastern nm with gusts up to 65 mph possible.
High terrain snow will continue over the Sangre de Cristo
Mountains eastward along the co border. The potential exists for
several inches of wind blown snow to accumulate in this area,
including Angel Fire, Ute Park, Raton Pass, Des Moines, Capulin
and Folsom.

The combination of windy conditions with much cooler temperatures
across the entire area will be a shock compared to the recent
warmth.


40


437 am MDT Wed Mar 22 2017

... Potent Spring storm to bring an end to the recent warmth...

The extended period of record warmth will come to a dramatic end
Thursday as a potent Spring storm system crosses nm. One last day
of warm temperatures will occur today but with widespread windy
conditions expected. Thick high clouds will approach from the
west late today and signal big changes coming Thursday.

Southwest winds will increase Thursday morning ahead of a strong
cold front arriving from AZ. Many areas within central and eastern
nm will experience wind gusts between 45 and 55 mph along with
localized areas of blowing dust. The cold front will then plow
eastward through late afternoon and shift winds dramatically to
the west. Much cooler air will move into nm behind the front with
windy conditions continuing. Rain and high terrain snow showers
will also develop over northern and western nm behind the front.
Meanwhile, a dryline will set up over far eastern nm and increase
the chance for a few severe thunderstorms along the TX state line.

This storm system will quickly intensify over northeastern nm
Thursday night and Friday before exiting into the Central Plains
states. Strong north winds will develop over eastern nm Friday
with gusts up to 60 mph possible. High terrain snow will continue
over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains eastward along the co border.
The potential exists for several inches of snow to accumulate in
this area. The combination of windy conditions with much cooler
temperatures across the entire area will be a shock compared to
the recent warmth.


Fire Weather Warning

Statement as of 1:21 PM MDT on March 22, 2017

Expires 10:00 PM EDT on March 23, 2017


... Red flag warning in effect from noon CDT /11 am MDT/ to 9 PM
CDT /8 PM MDT/ Thursday for relative humidity of 15% or less, 20 foot
winds of 20 mph or more, and high to very high fire danger...

The National Weather Service in Midland/Odessa has issued a red
flag warning, which is in effect from noon CDT /11 am MDT/ to
9 PM CDT /8 PM MDT/ Thursday.

* Humidity... 6 to 15%.

* Wind... southwest to west 25 to 35 mph. Above 6000ft... west
winds 35 to 50 mph with higher gusts.

* Fire danger... high to very high.

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

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong
winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute
to dangerous fire behavior.





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