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East Central Plains-
550 AM MDT Sat Mar 17 2018
...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...
* AREA AND TIMING...The East Central Plains are expected to
observe critical fire weather conditions Sunday afternoon
through early evening.
* 20 FOOT WINDS...West winds at 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 60
* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...Falling to 10 to 15 percent Sunday
* IMPACTS...Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
Outdoor burning is not recommended.
Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in the
field of this Fire Weather Watch.
$$High Wind Watch
Sandia/Manzano Mountains-Estancia Valley-Central Highlands-
South Central Highlands-Upper Tularosa Valley-
South Central Mountains-Northeast Highlands-
Eastern San Miguel County-Guadalupe County-Quay County-
Curry County-Roosevelt County-De Baca County-Chaves County Plains-
Eastern Lincoln County-Southwest Chaves County-
233 AM MDT Sat Mar 17 2018
...HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a High
Wind Watch, which is in effect from Sunday afternoon through
* LOCATION...The Sandia Mountains southward to the Sacramento
Mountains and eastward to the Texas border.
* WINDS...West winds at 30 to 45 mph with gusts 55 to 65 mph.
* TIMING...Winds will develop early Sunday afternoon and continue
through mid evening Sunday.
* VISIBILITY...Local reductions due to blowing dust will be
* LOCAL IMPACTS...Drivers of vans, campers, trailers, and other
high-profile vehicles should exercise extreme caution. This
especially includes travel on U.S. Route 54 and U.S. Route 285,
and other north-south oriented roads.
Remember, A High Wind Watch means conditions are favorable for a
potentially damaging high wind event in and close to the watch
area. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph
or more can lead to property damage. Monitor the latest forecasts
at weather.gov/abq, listen to NOAA weather radio or your favorite
$$Special Weather Statement
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-
340 AM MDT Sat Mar 17 2018
...A MIX OF SNOW AND RAIN...ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS...STRONG WINDS
AND CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS LIKELY SUNDAY...
A late winter storm system will swing across northern and central
New Mexico Sunday and Sunday evening, bringing a variety of weather
to the region.
The northwest, west central and north central will see a mix of
rain and snow, along with a few thunderstorms. Accumulating snow
looks to favor the higher terrain of the Chuska, San Juan, Sangre
de Cristo and Jemez mountains Sunday. Since the storm will be
quick hitting, some of the higher snowfall amounts may range from
4 to 8 inches.
Very strong to potentially damaging southwest to west winds are
expected to develop for much of the region along and south of
Interstate 40 by midday Sunday and persist into the evening.
Gusts to around 55 to 65 mph are possible. Patchy to areas of
blowing dust could limit visibilities in the Rio Grande Valley and
portions of the East Central and Southeast Plains. By Sunday
evening winds will shift to the northwest ushering colder air,
especially over northeast New Mexico, where winds will remain
Critical fire weather conditions are likely over the Northeast and
East Central Plains Sunday afternoon, where the combination of
near to above average temperatures and low humidities along with
strong winds will occur.
Strong winds, mountain snow and blowing dust may inhibit travel
over northern and central New Mexico Sunday and Sunday night.
Monitor NOAA weather radio, weather.gov/abq or your local media
for the latest updates on this evolving weather situation.