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High Winds expected to whip Los Alamos vicinity through Saturday

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A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING.

* LOCATION... NORTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... GENERALLY FROM THE FOUR CORNERS REGION TO THE UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... INCLUDING THE SANTA FE... ESPANOLA... LOS ALAMOS AND FARMINGTON AREAS.

* WINDS... SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 OR 55 MPH.

* TIMING... WINDS WILL RAPIDLY STRENGTHEN BY MIDDAY ACROSS THE REGION... WITH THE STRONGER GUSTS LATE THIS AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL DIMINISH THIS EVENING.

* VISIBILITY... MAY BE LOCALLY REDUCED IN DUST PRONE AREAS. SNOW SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN AND VISIBILITIES MAY BE REDUCED BELOW THREE MILES IN BLOWING SNOW.

* LOCAL IMPACTS... LOCALIZED AREAS OF BLOWING DUST OR SNOW MAY REDUCE VISIBILITY AT TIMES. STRONG CROSS WINDS WILL ALSO CREATE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS... PARTICULARLY ALONG WEST TO EAST ORIENTED ROADS. LOOSE OBJECTS MAY BECOME AIRBORNE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

DRIVERS OF VANS... CAMPERS... TRAILERS... AND OTHER HIGH-PROFILE VEHICLES SHOULD EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION.

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... STRONG TO DAMAGING WINDS TO IMPACT NEW MEXICO INTO SUNDAY...

AN UPPER LEVEL SYSTEM MIGRATING FROM WEST TO EAST ACROSS THE REGION COUPLED WITH A HEALTHY SURFACE PRESSURE GRADIENT SHOULD BRING STRONG TO DAMAGING WINDS TO THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT AND POSSIBLY SUNDAY ACROSS THE EASTERN PLAINS. THE STRONGEST WINDS THIS AFTERNOON WILL BE ALONG AND EAST OF AN UPPER GILA TO SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS LINE... WHERE AREAS OF BLOWING DUST ARE LIKELY. SPEEDS OF 30 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 OR 65 MPH WILL BE CAPABLE OF PROPERTY DAMAGE. MOTORISTS IN HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES SHOULD CONSIDER DELAYING TRAVEL. LESS WINDY WEATHER WILL RETURN TO THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT ON MONDAY.