Extremely Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions - High Winds & Blowing Dust Thursday.

High Winds & Extremely Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions Thursday. 

NWS SPC Severe Weather Outlook Thursday. 

Valid @ 4 PM MDT Thursday.

Valid @ 6 PM MDT Thursday.

Valid @ 6 PM MDT Thursday.

Batten down the hatches on Thursday folks because Mother Nature is about to remind us that she has a temper in the springtime. High winds with localized areas of blowing dust will characterize New Mexico's and West Texas weather Thursday afternoon and to some degree again on Friday. High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories are out for much of the area...click on this link for more info on this developing High Wind And Blowing Dust Event. 

Southwesterly to westerly winds are forecast to increase across the lower elevations late in the morning with the strongest winds in the afternoon which will become sustained at 35-45 mph with gusts near 55 mph. These winds will gust up to around 50 to 60 mph in the Sacramento Mountains and near 75 mph in the Guadalupe's. 

Areas of blowing dust will also develop. As is usually the case this time of the year the most localized dust prone locations such as over and near freshly plowed or exposed farmlands, open lots, fields, and construction sites will experience the worst conditions with sudden drops in the visibility down to near zero with little to no advanced warning. Brown out conditions will be possible in these areas for brief periods of time. 

A few Severe Thunderstorms will also light up along and east of the dryline which will be located near the New Mexico and Texas State Line late Thursday afternoon. These storms will be capable of large hail and damaging winds. 

Extremely Critically Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions will dominate the headlines on Thursday as a very dry airmass, high winds, and dry grasslands, rangelands, and forests make for a bad combination. Any wildfire that starts will rapidly spread and grow and may become difficult to contain and extinguish. 

Some light snow showers may fall over the higher elevations of the Sacramento and Capitan Mountains late Thursday afternoon and evening but no significant accumulations are forecast. 

High Temps on Thursday will be in the low to mid 80's across Southeastern New Mexico and nearby West Texas with a few spots in West Texas near 90º. A strong Pacific Cold Front will sweep eastward across the area late Thursday and Thursday evening. Friday will be cooler behind the front with highs in the 70's. Low temperatures Saturday morning will be in the 30's and low 40's across the lower elevations but at this time it does not appear that we will experience a hard freeze.

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