March ended up being rather tame as far as our traditional high wind events and dust storms were concerned here in New Mexico and West Texas. April will likely make us pay for that...especially this afternoon into tomorrow.
A strong mid and upper-level trough of low pressure located over the Great Basin this morning will swing eastward today into tomorrow. It will drag a rather strong cold front across the local area this evening into tonight. Our highs today across the southeastern plains of New Mexico will be in the 80's, falling off to near 70 on Thursday, and mostly the 60's on Friday. Some of us may even see a light freeze Friday morning so protect your fruit trees and flowers if you can.
Today will be windy, especially this afternoon and evening as the surface pressure gradient tightens up and the cold front approaches. Southwesterly winds are forecast to gust up to 50 mph across parts of the southeastern plains, with gusts up to around 70 mph in the Guadalupe Mountains. High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories are in effect for the area.
Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions are anticipated today and especially on Thursday. Any wild-land or forest fire that may get started will have the ability to rapidly spread and grow. So please refrain from any type of outdoor activity that involves the use of sparks or flames.
Areas of blowing dust may develop across parts of the local area today and again on Thursday. Some visibility's may drop down to less than one mile. This will be especially true over and near freshly plowed or exposed farmland, fields, lots, construction sites, and other normally dust prone locations.
Meanwhile parts of the plains states will deal with severe weather today into Friday. Tomorrow looks to be the most active day. The threat for large hail, damaging thunderstorm wind gusts, and tornadoes will increase on Thursday. Please visit this link for all of the latest National Weather Service Watches, Warnings, and Special Weather Statements concerning this potentially dangerous severe weather outbreak.
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