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Our afternoon high temperatures yesterday were more like early spring readings than late winter readings across SE NM. Highs ranged from 75 here at my home in Carlsbad to 74 at the Artesia Airport (HCN), 74 at the Carlsbad Airport, 74 at the Paduca Raws, 72 at 10 miles ESE of Hagerman, 71 at the Roswell Airport, and 70 at the Hobbs Airport.

Strong westerly winds are buffeting the Guadalupe Mountains at sunrise this morning. A High Wind Warning remains in effect through 5 PM MST this afternoon. Some of the stronger gusts being reported include 63 mph at the Bowl Raws, 60 mph at the Pinery Raws located in Pine Springs, and 56 mph at Guadalupe Pass.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the Guadalupe Mountains today, and a Fire Weather Watch is in effect for all of SE NM and much of W TX for Thursday. Our afternoon high temperatures are forecast to be in the mid-upper 70's today. Similar readings are forecast for Thursday with Carlsbad expecting to see a high of 82.

Cold Front Arrives Around Sunset Thursday.

Surface Map Forecast At 5 PM MST Thursday.

Update at 10:50 AM MST-

A Red Flag Warning is now in effect for southeastern New Mexico and parts of west Texas today. Westerly winds are forecast to increase to 20-30G40 mph across the southeastern plains tomorrow.

A cold front will arrive in the area around sunset tomorrow afternoon. Gusty northerly winds will the frontal passage with some gusts briefly exceeding 40 mph. Cooler temperatures are anticipated behind the front on Friday with most of us seeing high temperatures in the mid-upper 50's. Not to worry as the weekend will see a quick warm-up under sunny skies with highs returning to the 70's.

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