Eastern Lincoln County Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

High Wind Watch
Statement as of 3:10 PM MDT on April 24, 2014

...High wind watch in effect from Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening...

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a high wind watch...which is in effect from Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening.

* Location...central and south Central Highlands...south central mountains...eastern Lincoln and southwest Chaves counties.

* Winds...southwest 35 to 45 mph with occasional gusts to 60 mph.

* Timing...winds increasing Saturday afternoon and peaking early evening before decreasing back below warning criteria.

* Visibility...areas of blowing dust are likely with the potential for significant visibility limitations.

* Local impacts...drivers of vans...campers...trailers...and other high-profile vehicles should be prepared for these potentially dangerous high winds...especially on northwest to southeast oriented roads. Areas of blowing dust may be accompanied by significant reductions in visibility...making travel near- impossible. High winds can topple trees...blow weakened roofs off houses...and down power lines.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

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 media outlet.

Fire Weather Warning, Fire Weather Watch
Statement as of 2:52 AM MDT on April 25, 2014

...Red flag warning in effect from noon today to 8 PM MDT this evening for gusty winds and low humidity for the Guadalupe Mountains and adjacent plains in southeast New Mexico... ...Fire Weather Watch remains in effect from Saturday morning through Saturday evening for gusty winds and low humidity for the Guadalupe Mountains and adjacent plains in southeast New Mexico...

* wind...Friday...southwest 20 to 25 mph in the plains...and 25 to 35 mph in the mountains.

Saturday...southwest winds 25 to 30 mph in the plains...and 30 to 40 mph in the mountains.

* Humidity...5 to 10 percent both days.

* Impacts...any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Avoid the use of open flames or any activities that may generate Sparks. Accidental ignitions will have the potential to grow quickly into dangerous wind- driven wildfires.

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible red flag warnings.

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