Expect high winds for much of Tuesday

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The Los Alamos area got its first taste of winter Monday evening as a light snowfall dusted the area. Residents awoke to patchy fog Tuesday morning that is expected to diminish and give way to windy conditions throughout most of the day.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday for east-central New Mexico including the Interstate 40 corridor from Clines Corners to Tucumcari.

Forecasters say west and southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 50 mph late Tuesday morning through most of the afternoon are predicted.

Winds will increase to advisory levels by late morning and continue through most of the afternoon with winds diminishing quickly around and after sunset.

The wind may kick up dust and forecasters say it could reduce visibility.

Gusty cross winds will make driving hazardous — especially for high profile vehicles including Interstate 25 around Las Vegas and Highway 285 from Clines Corners to Vaughn.

Forecasters are calling for weather conditions in the Los Alamos vicinity to moderate with mostly sunny skies through the rest of the week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.