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Blowing Dust In E NM & W TX.
Update At 5:40 PM MST.
Some of the higher wind gusts that are being reported as of noontime include-
1 Mile E Fort Sumner 66 mph
House 64 mph
Guadalupe Pass 62 mph
Taiban 60 mph
The Bowl Raws 59 mph
Clovis Municipal Aiport 58 mph
Cannon AFB Clovis 56 mph
Pinery Raws - Pine Springs 55 mph
2 SW Tatum 51 mph
Sierra Blanca Regional Airport 49 mph
8-Mile Draws 48 mph
Carlsbad Airport 45 mph
Queen Raws 41 mph
Peak Wind Gusts Are Courtesy Of-
We are entering our windy season as we head towards the meteorological start of spring (March 1st). Right on cue, today's weather will remind us of this as a mid-level trough of low pressure swings by to our north.
Strong winds aloft combined with a deep surface low centered over southwestern Kansas, and a tight surface pressure gradient, will combine to produce a windy and dusty day across the area. Areas of blowing dust may reduce the visibility at times today, especially over and near freshly plowed or open farmland, fields, lots, and construction sites. Please use caution and slow down when approaching these normally dust prone areas.
A High Wind Warning remains in effect for the Guadalupe Mountains until 5 PM MST this afternoon. Westerly winds of 35-50G70 mph are forecast. A High Wind Warning remains in effect for Lincoln and southwestern Chaves County until 4 PM MST this afternoon. West-northwest winds are forecast to increase to 35-40G60 mph in and near the mountains.
A Wind Advisory remains in effect for Chaves, Eddy, Lea, and Culberson Counties until 5 PM MST. Westerly winds are forecast to increase to 25-35G50 mph later this morning. A few higher gusts will be possible over and near the foothills and mountains.
A Red Flag Warning remains in effect for all of southeastern, eastern, and northeastern New Mexico, as well as much of west Texas through early this evening. Today will not be a good day for any type of outdoor activity that involves the use of sparks or flame. Any fires that may be accidentally started will have the potential to rapidly spread and grow in the high winds and very dry conditions.
Other than the dust in the air our skies are expected to remain mostly sunny today into most of the week. Our afternoon highs today will be in the low-mid 60's, maybe the upper 60's in a few spots. Tuesday and Wednesday will be a little warmer with highs mostly in the low-mid 70's. A cold front is slated to push south into the area on Thursday so our highs on Friday will be cooler with the 50's expected.
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