High Wind Advisory For Parts of New Mexico

by Reporter / Mar 13, 2019 / 0 comments

High Wind Advisory For Parts of New Mexico

Dangerous high winds likely across portions of New Mexico from noon to 6 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind advisory for the Northwest plateau, West Central Plateau and the Lower Chama River valley.

Española Forecast

Scattered rain showers before noon, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a southwest wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Isolated snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Windy, with a northwest wind 20 to 30 mph decreasing to 10 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

A slight chance of snow showers before noon, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

High Wind Advisory
Power outages, downed or damaged trees, and extremely difficult travel conditions are possible today. Westerly winds will rapidly increase near or shortly after sunrise and continue to increase through mid-day for most areas. The strongest winds are forecast along and east of the central mountain chain where gusts over 75 mph are possible. Far northeast New Mexico will see a shift in wind direction to northwest winds as a backdoor cold front enters the area during the mid-afternoon. Winds areawide could easily toss outdoor furniture or blow over commercial vehicles. Winds will subside near or shortly after sunset for most areas but will persist well into the evening across northeast New Mexico.

Location...Northwest plateau, West Central Plateau, Lower   Chama River valley.
Winds...West winds sustained at 25 to 35 mph with gusts between 45 and 55 mph today.
Timing...Winds will rapidly increase late this morning and continue to increase and peak around mid-day. Winds will slowly   diminish around sunset.
Visibility...Due to rainfall expected through tonight, widespread visibility restrictions are not anticipated however blowing dust is still possible.
Local Impacts...Strong cross winds are expected on north-south oriented roads. Lightweight lawn furniture or other outdoor items may become toppled or airborne.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions...
Motorists should exercise caution while travelling. Sudden gusts of wind may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Extra attention should be given to cross winds.

Hazardous Weather Outlook
This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of north and central New Mexico.

Day One...Today and Tonight
A widespread damaging wind event is likely this afternoon and evening from the Rio Grande Valley eastward across eastern New Mexico. Wind gusts of 50 to 65 mph will be common in the Rio Grande Valley while gusts of 65 to 80 mph are expected from the central mountain chain eastward onto the eastern plains. Winds will taper off during the evening as an intense area of low pressure pulls away from the state.

Meanwhile, heavy snow, strong winds, blowing snow, and reduced visibility are likely for much of northern and western New Mexico today. Snow will taper off over western New Mexico during the evening but continue over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains through Thursday.  Significant travel impacts are possible over northern and western New Mexico through Thursday morning, especially in the higher elevations.

Days Two Through Seven...Thursday through Tuesday
No hazardous weather is expected at this time. However, weather can change very rapidly. Always use the latest forecasts, watches and warning for planning purposes.

Spotter Information Statement...
Spotters are encouraged to report snowfall amounts through the National Weather Service Albuquerque web site at weather.gov/abq or by calling 1.888.386.7637.

Impacted Areas
Northwest Plateau-Chuska Mountains-Far Northwest Highlands-Northwest Highlands-West Central Plateau-West Central Mountains-West Central Highlands-Southwest Mountains-San Francisco River Valley-San Juan Mountains-Jemez Mountains-West Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-Northern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet/Red River-Southern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet-East Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-Upper Rio Grande Valley-Lower Chama River Valley-Santa Fe Metro Area-Middle Rio Grande Valley/Albuquerque Metro Area-Lower Rio Grande Valley-Sandia/Manzano Mountains-Estancia Valley-Central Highlands-South Central Highlands-Upper Tularosa Valley-South Central Mountains-Raton Ridge/Johnson Mesa-Far Northeast Highlands-Northeast Highlands-Union County-Harding County-Eastern San Miguel County-Guadalupe County-Quay County-Curry County-Roosevelt County-De Baca County-Chaves County Plains-Eastern Lincoln County-Southwest Chaves County



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