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High Wind Warning for Today

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WARNING... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING. THE HIGH WIND WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATION... THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL MOUNTAINS OF NEW MEXICO AS WELL AS THE FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS.

* WINDS... SUSTAINED WEST SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 55 AND 60 MPH.

* TIMING... WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN THROUGH THE LATE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON... PEAKING BY THE MID TO LATE AFTERNOON. WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO GRADUALLY DECREASE INTO THE EVENING AND OVERNIGHT.

* VISIBILITY... REDUCTIONS AS LOW AS 1 MILE CAN BE EXPECTED IN DUST PRONE AREAS SUCH AS OPEN FIELDS AND ONGOING CONSTRUCTION SITES.

* LOCAL IMPACTS... AREAS OF BLOWING DUST AND STRONG CROSS WINDS ON NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST ORIENTED ROADS WILL CREATE TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. SEVERE GUSTS MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO ROOF TOPS... UTILITY POLES... AND SOME TREES.

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 WINDS EXPECTED OVER MUCH OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO TODAY...

STRONG WESTERLY WINDS ALOFT WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE OVER NEW MEXICO TODAY AS AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE MOVES TOWARD THE CENTRAL TO NORTHERN ROCKIES. AT THE SURFACE A VERY STRONG AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL COMPLEMENT THE STRONGER WINDS ALOFT. AS TEMPERATURES SOAR WELL ABOVE NORMAL... DEEP MIXING WILL TRANSPORT STRONGER WINDS DOWN TO THE SURFACE. SURFACE WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN QUICKLY THROUGH THE LATE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON... SLOWLY DECREASING INTO THE EVENING. THERE WILL BE POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD BLOWING DUST AND DAMAGE TO ROOF TOPS AND UTILITY POLES IN SOME AREAS.