Today's weather across southeastern New Mexico is shaping up to be on the nasty side. A strong mid-upper level trough of low pressure located over Arizona early this morning (see the map above) is forecast to move into New Mexico today as a closed low. Strong southwesterly-westerly winds along with areas of blowing dust are forecast for the local area, especially this afternoon.
A High Wind Warning continues in effect for the Guadalupe Mountains until 6 PM MDT this afternoon. Southwesterly winds are forecast to increase to 30-50G70 mph. A Wind Advisory will be in effect for Eddy, Lea, and Culberson Counties from 10 AM - 6 PM MDT. Southwesterly winds are forecast to increase to 25-35G55 mph.
Areas of blowing dust will be possible across parts of the local area today. This will be especially true over and near open or freshly plowed farmlands, fields, lots, construction sites, and other normally dust prone locations. Sudden drops in the visibility down to zero may occur in these areas with little to no advanced warning.
Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions are anticipated across the area today. A Red Flag Warning will be in effect from 10 AM - 6 PM MDT.
After seeing a week of near-record to record high temperatures across the area, cooler temperatures are expected today and tomorrow. A Pacific cold front will sweep eastward across the area today. High temperatures today in the local area are forecast to range from the upper 60's to the low 70's. Highs tomorrow are forecast to range from the low 60's to near 70.
A quick warm-up will commence starting Wednesday with highs in the mid-upper 70s. By Thursday our highs will be flirting with the 90-degree mark in some locations.
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