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Dangerous High Wind -Blowing Dust Event Underway.
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Blog updated at 2:13 PM MST.

High Wind Warnings cover most of SE NM and W TX early this morning, except for Chaves County which is under a Wind Advisory. West-northwest winds are forecast to howl at sustained speeds of around 35-45 mph with gusts to near or over 60 mph across the lower elevations of SE NM today. These winds are forecast to gust up over 70-80 mph in the mountains. The strongest winds may occur between sunrise and around noontime when the Pacific cold front sweeps eastward across the area.

Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions will exists across all of the area today. Any wildfire that should break out will have the potential to rapidly spread and grow in the high winds. Please refrain from any type of outdoor activity that involves the use of sparks or flame.

A Blowing Dust Advisory remains in effect for Lea County until 3 PM MST. Blowing dust will reduce the visibility down to less than 3 miles in some areas, when a few areas possibly experiencing visibility drops down to less than one mile in the stronger wind gusts. This will be especially true over and near freshly plowed or exposed farmland, fields, lots, and construction sites, as well as other normally dust prone areas.

Travel on local roadways could be impacted today due to the high winds and blowing dust! Some local road closures may be possible.

Peak Winds Reported As Of 2:00 PM MST-

San Augustin Pass - Organ Mtn's 93 mph
Bowl Raws - North of Guadalupe Pk 92 mph

Guadalupe Pass 78 mph
Pinery Raws - Pine Springs 78 mph
Sierra Blanca Regional Airport 78 mph
Smokey Bear Raws - Near Ruidoso 68 mph

Artesia Airport 67 mph
Pine Springs GMN 65 mph
Clovis Municipal Airport 62 mph
Carlsbad Airport 60 mph
McKittrick Canyon Raws 60 mph
East Vaughn 60 mph
Queen Raws 58 mph
Santa Rosa 57 mph
Dunken Raws 56 mph
2 SW of Tatum 56 mph
8-Mile Draw Raws 56 mph
Ridgecrest Subdivision - Carlsbad 56 mph
Bat Draw Raws - Carlsbad Caverns 54 mph
Northeast Lovington 53 mph
Sacramento Pk 52 mph
Roswell Airport 52 mph
High Rolls 52 mph
Caprock Raws 51 mph
Hobbs Airport 51 mph

Mayhill Raws 48 mph
2.1 NNW Downtown Carlsbad 46 mph
Paduca Raws 42 mph

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