Sandia/Manzano Mountains Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

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High Wind Warning
Issued: 2:43 PM MST Dec. 12, 2018 – National Weather Service

... High Wind Warning remains in effect until 8 am MST Thursday...

* location... portions of western and central New Mexico,
including the northwest Highlands, west central mountains,
west Central Highlands, Southwest Mountains, Jemez Mountains,
middle Rio Grande Valley/Albuquerque Metro area,
Sandia/Manzano Mountains, Estancia valley-Central Highlands,
south Central Highlands, south central mountains, eastern
Lincoln County, southwest Chaves County.

* Winds... sustained at 35 to 45 mph from the northwest with
occasional gusts to 60 mph favoring the high terrain. Gusts
could even approach 70 mph in some high terrain areas of New
Mexico above 8000 feet.

* Timing... winds will increase this evening in northwestern and
west central New Mexico as the cold front arrives. Strong winds
will then spread into central and south central areas of the
state tonight. Winds will likely reach peak intensity during and
immediately behind the frontal passage, gradually diminishing
through Thursday morning.

* Visibility... blowing dust could reduce visibility to less than
3 miles at times.

* Local impacts... strong cross winds are expected on southwest-
to-northeast oriented roads, including the I-25 corridor through
the middle Rio Grande Valley. Dangerous driving conditions are
anticipated, especially for high profile vehicles. Gusts in
excess of 60 mph could produce damage to some trees and

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Remember, a High Wind Warning means damaging winds are imminent
or highly likely. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or
gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

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