Union County Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

High Wind Watch, Wind Advisory
Issued: 3:49 PM MST Feb. 22, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Wind Advisory remains in effect until 6 PM MST this evening...
... High wind watch in effect from Thursday morning through
Thursday afternoon...

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a high
wind watch, which is in effect from Thursday morning through
Thursday afternoon.

* Location... Raton ridge and Johnson Mesa as well as Union County
in northeast New Mexico.

* Winds... west at 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph today. West
30 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph Thursday.

* Timing... winds will subside some early this evening, but will
restrengthen on Thursday, peaking early to mid afternoon.

* Visibility... may be reduced to 3 miles in blowing dust.

* Local impacts... drivers of vans, campers, trailers, and other
high-profile vehicles should exercise extreme caution. This is
especially the case on I 25 near the Raton Pass.

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.

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
Issued: 5:50 PM MST Feb. 22, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Red flag warning remains in effect from noon to 7 PM MST
... Red flag warning will expire at 6 PM MST this evening...

* area and timing... northeast Highlands, northeast and east
Central Plains Thursday afternoon into the early evening.

* 20 foot winds... west 25 to 45 mph with gusts of 55 to 65 mph

* Relative humidity... minimum values of 8 to 14 percent with the
lowest values across the east Central Plains.

* Impacts... any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly and
will be hard to control. Long range spotting and extreme fire
behavior will be possible. Outdoor burning should not be done.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in the
field of this red flag warning.