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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 8:00 AM EDT on March 23, 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.


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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.


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Fire Weather Warning

Statement as of 7:01 PM MDT on March 22, 2017

Expires 9:00 PM EDT on March 23, 2017


... Red flag warning remains in effect from 1 PM to 7 PM MDT
Thursday...

* area and timing... the east Central Plains, northeast plains, and
the plains portion of the northeast Highlands much of Thursday afternoon
through early evening.

* 20 foot winds... south to southwest 30 to 40 mph with gusts 55 to
to 65 mph. Turning westerly by late afternoon.

* Relative humidity... 9 to 15 percent.

* Impacts... any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly
and will be hard to control. Long range spotting and extreme
fire behavior will be possible. Outdoor burning should not be
done.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

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


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