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High Wind Warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday

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HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

* LOCATION... MUCH OF CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE MAJORITY OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN AND ADJACENT HIGHLANDS AND PLAINS... THE MIDDLE AND LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY INCLUDING THE ALBUQUERQUE AND SANTA FE METRO AREAS... AND PORTIONS OF THE WEST CENTRAL... NORTHWEST AND SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS.

* WINDS... NORTHWEST 25 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS RANGING FROM 55 TO 60 MPH.

* TIMING... WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN MID TO LATE MORNING THEN PEAK DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS BEFORE SLOWLY TAPERING OFF AFTER SUNSET.

* VISIBILITY... AREAS OF BLOWING DUST WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO 3 MILES OR LESS. AT THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS NEAR THE COLORADO BORDER AND EAST ALONG THE JOHNSON MESA... LIGHT SNOW MAY RESULT IN MINOR ACCUMULATIONS BUT WILL PRODUCE AREAS OF REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN BLOWING SNOW.

* LOCAL IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS CROSSWINDS WILL IMPACT NORTH TO SOUTH ORIENTED ROADS... INCLUDING PORTIONS OF I-25 FROM THE SIERRA AND SOCORRO COUNTY LINE TO RATON PASS. LIGHTWEIGHT AND UNSECURED OBJECTS MAY BECOME AIRBORNE.

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 AND POSSIBLY DAMAGING WINDS TODAY FOR MANY LOCATIONS EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE...

STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH A POWERFUL COLD FRONT AND UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM WILL BLAST INTO NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO TODAY. AREAS OF BLOWING DUST WILL SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE VISIBILITIES AT LOWER ELEVATIONS... ESPECIALLY ALONG AND SOUTH OF I-40. IN THE FAR NORTHEAST AND NORTH CENTRAL LIGHT SNOW MAY RESULT IN MINOR ACCUMULATIONS BUT WILL PRODUCE AREAS OF REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN BLOWING SNOW... AND WIND CHILL VALUES WILL BE IN THE TEENS.

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