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March Will Live Up To Its Ugly Reputation Today.



NWS Fort Worth, TX Radar Snapshot @ 8:16 MDT.
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So close but oh so far away. Thunderstorms are breaking out across north Texas this morning. They are being fueled by a supply of low-level moisture from off the Gulf of Mexico. This is indicated by the low clouds on the visible satellite image above. Severe thunderstorms will be possible across northern and eastern Texas eastward to northern Florida today.

I'll give you three guesses what our weather in southeastern New Mexico will be like today...

  




March will live up to its nasty reputation across southeastern New Mexico and west Texas. High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories are out for the area today. West winds are forecast to increase to sustained speeds of around 25-45 mph with gusts of around 50-75 mph.

Areas of blowing dust will become a problem later this morning and continue into this evening. Of particular concern will be those locations over and near freshly plowed or exposed farmlands, fields, lots, and construction sites. These locations may experience sudden drops in the visibility down to near zero with little to no advanced warning. Travel on some of our local roadways may become dangerous in these areas because of these blinding clouds of blowing dust.

Red Flag Warnings have also been issued for the area because of the extreme fire danger that will be present today. Any wildfire that may be accidentally started will have the ability to rapidly spread and grow in today's high winds. So please avoid any type of outdoor activity that may involve sparks or flames.

A strong cold front will sweep southward through the area by tonight. Colder air will move into the area behind this front. Lows tonight will be near freezing. By Monday morning it appears that some of us may experience a fairly hard freeze with our low temps dropping down into the upper 20's. A few spots may even be colder. So protect those fruit trees and flowers if you can.
Highs Sunday and Monday will be mostly in the 50's across the southeastern plains. Some of us may not make it much above the 50-degree mark.

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  1. Hang tight...yes, moisture so close but so far...sigh. The ugly is in place way up here - mild 43F at dawn when I went outside, but 40F and icy N winds an hour later after I got ready. Clear and sunny, yet hazy on cold winds and still mid-40's.

    The 3 things are windy, dusty / dry, and cold...next week's warm-up will be welcome!

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