High Wind & Blowing Dust Event Tuesday!
Areas of low clouds, fog, and drizzle are forecast to develop across SE NM and W TX tonight. Areas of dense fog will be possible which may drop the visibility down to less than 1/4 of a mile later tonight into tomorrow morning in some locations.
You are not going to like tomorrow's weather across the area. A widespread High Wind and Blowing Dust Event appears to be shaping up. High winds are forecast to kick up across the Guadalupe and Sacramento Mountains around 2 AM MST tonight. Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions are also anticipated. Please see this Special Weather Briefing courtesy of the Albuquerque National Weather Service Office.
A High Wind Warning is in effect for the Guadalupe Mountains from 5 AM MST tomorrow morning through 8 PM MST tomorrow evening. Southwest-west winds are forecast to increase to 45-55G80 mph. Difficult driving conditions may occur due to these dangerously high cross winds. Its possible that US Hwy 62/180 could be shut down through Guadalupe Pass due to these high winds.
A High Wind Warning will go into effect at 2 AM MST tonight and will continue in effect through 5 PM MST tomorrow afternoon for the southern Sacramento Mountains. Southwest-west winds are forecast to increase to 25-35 mph this evening, then increase further to 35-35G60+ mph after 2 AM tomorrow morning. Difficult driving conditions may occur due to these dangerously high cross winds.
A High Wind Warning will be in effect for Lincoln and Chaves Counties, as well as across the central moutnains and the eastern plains of the state from 7 AM MST tomorrow morning through 6 PM MST tomorrow evening. Southwest-west winds are forecast to increase to 30-45G60 mph with some locations seeing gusts possibly as high as 70 mph. Difficult driving conditions may occur due to these dangerously high cross winds.
A Wind Advisory has been issued for Eddy/Lea/Culberson Counties that will be in effect from 8 AM MST tomorrow through 5 PM MST. Southwest-west winds are forecast to increase to 30-40G55 mph. This Advisory may possibly be upgraded to a High Wind Warning. Difficult driving conditions may occur due to these dangerously high cross winds.
Damaging wind gusts will be possible across some areas tomorrow. High winds may damage some roofs, barns and small sheds. Small trees and tree branches may be blown down. Power lines and other cables could be brought down by the high winds. Some irrigation sprinkler systems may be blown away if not properly tied down and full of water. Some west facing windows may be blown out in the higher gusts. Its possible that some vehicles could also be blown over in the dangerous cross winds on north-south facing highways.
A Red Flag Warning has been issued for most of the area for tomorrow. Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions are anticipated tomorrow, so please refrain from any type of outdoor activity that involves the use of sparks or flame. Please do not toss your cigarettes out of your vehicles while driving down our local roadways. Please do not drive your vehicles off of well maintained roadways, the hot catalytic converters can easily start a fire when coming into contact with the very dry grasses and brush. Please no outside burning of any kind. Any accidental fire that should start will have the potential to rapidly spread and grow in the high winds and extremely dry conditions.
Widespread areas of blowing dust are forecast to develop across the area tomorrow. Visibilities are expected to drop below one mile in many areas at times. Sudden drops in the visibility down to near zero with little to no advanced warning will also be possible in some places. This will be especially true over and near freshly plowed and exposed farmlands, fields, lots, and construction sites. Blinding clouds of dust will suddenly whip across the roadways in and near these areas making for potentially extremely hazardous travel conditions. Some local roadways may be shut down due to the high winds and the blowing dust on Tuesday.
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