Blowing Dust Envelopes The Area This Morning.

Blog updated at 10:00 AM MDT.
Blog updated at 3:15 PM MDT.

Visible Satellite Image @ 9:00 AM MDT.


Cloudcroft, NM has 1" of snow on the ground @ 9:55 AM MDT.

Temperatures @ 2 PM MDT.

Temperatures at 2 PM MDT ranged from 15F in northeastern Colorado to 104F in south Texas...now that's a significant temperature difference across a very strong cold front moving into northeastern New Mexico.

Temperatures @ 6 PM MDT.

A very strong cold front was entering southeastern New Mexico at 6 PM MDT. Temperatures behind the front ranged from 10F in northern Colorado, to 107F in northeastern Mexico. Rapidly falling temperatures will accompany the frontal passage here in southeastern New Mexico this evening. Northerly winds at 20-35 mph with gusts to around 50 mph will accompany the frontal passage. Blowing dust may reduce the visibility down to around 1/4 of a mile in some areas. See the Special Weather Statement issued by the Midland NWS Office for more details. Temps will be below freezing by sunrise tomorrow morning.

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A large cloud of blowing dust covers much of the area as of 9:00 AM MDT this morning. Visibility values in the Pecos Valley are below 3 miles within this cloud of blowing dust so be careful on the roads.

A Pacific cold front located across Central & Southern New Mexico will sweep eastward today. Ahead of it southwest to west winds are forecast to increase to 25-35 mph with gusts around 50 mph. Some local gusts may exceed 50 mph with the frontal passage. A Wind Advisory is in effect for the southeastern plains today. A High Wind Warning remains in effect for the Guadalupe's.

Sudden drops in the visibility down to near zero with little to no advanced warning will be possible with the frontal passage, especially over and near our more dust prone locations such as- open or freshly plowed farmlands, fields, lots, and construction sites.


Meanwhile Clayton located in northeastern New Mexico is reporting a temp of 30F, a wind chill temp of 13F, with north winds gusting to 51 mph. Colder air will sink southward into southeastern New Mexico tonight. Light snow is still in Cloducroft and Ruidoso's forecast into tomorrow. Our highs across the southeastern plains tomorrow will only be in the 50's.

Yesterday's Dust Shut Down U.S. Hwy 82 West Of Artesia.

Around 4 PMMotorists are encouraged to avoid the area of milemarker 95 on US Highway 82 in between Hope and Artesia. The road has been closed due to a brown-out caused by dust and high winds. It is unknown how long the closure will be maintained. I will try to get a timely post as to the re-opening. 
Around 6 PM- Latest on US Highway 82: reopened but expect delays as it is reported to be only one lane open with a pilot car escorting vehicles. 
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