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High Wind Warning in place until 6 p.m. today

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HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM MST FRIDAY...

* LOCATION... SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... ADJACENT NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN SUMMITS AND ADJACENT EASTERN SLOPES... AND ALL OF THE EASTERN AND NORTHEASTERN PLAINS.

* WINDS... WEST TO SOUTHWEST WINDS INCREASING TO 45 MPH... WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH.

* TIMING... WIND SPEEDS WILL INCREASE RAPIDLY THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING WITH PEAK SPEEDS REACHED AROUND NOON. WINDS WILL REMAIN STRONG THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE DECREASING GRADUALLY AFTER SUNSET.

* VISIBILITY... LOCALLY REDUCED TO 2 MILES IN BLOWING DUST. CONDITIONS WILL BE MOST SEVERE OVER THE EASTERN AND NORTHEASTERN PLAINS. THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS WILL EXPERIENCE BLOWING SNOW.

* LOCAL IMPACTS... LOOSE OBJECTS AND BROKEN TREE BRANCHES MAY BECOME AIRBORNE AND BE TOSSED ACROSS ROADS. POWER MAY BE INTERRUPTED. DRIVERS SHOULD EXPECT LOSS OF CONTROL AT TIMES... ESPECIALLY ON ROADS ORIENTED NORTH TO SOUTH INCLUDING INTERSTATE 25 FROM GLORIETA PASS TO THE COLORADO LINE... HIGHWAY 285... HIGHWAY 54... HIGHWAY 84... STATE ROAD 39... STATE ROAD 402... AND STATE ROAD 206.

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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... STRONG OVERNIGHT RIDGE WINDS EXPANDING RAPIDLY OVER ALL OF NEW MEXICO FRIDAY MORNING INTO THE AFTERNOON...

A VIGOROUS PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM CURRENTLY MOVING OVER THE GREAT BASIN AND NORTHERN ROCKIES WILL SPREAD HIGH WINDS ACROSS NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE INTO THE AFTERNOON. THE HIGHER RIDGES AND AREAS TO THE LEE OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS WILL INITIALLY BE AFFECTED BUT THEN SPREAD ACROSS THE REST OF THE AREA AS FRIDAY MORNING PROGRESSES INTO THE AFTERNOON. WIND SPEEDS WILL DECREASE RAPIDLY FRIDAY EVENING AS THE SUN SETS ALTHOUGH RESIDUAL HIGHER LOCAL GUSTS WILL BE OBSERVED JUST TO THE EAST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS FOR A TIME. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL MOST LIKELY ACCOMPANY THE COLD FRONTAL PASSAGE MID MORNING THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON.

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