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Wind Advisory in effect until Sunday night

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A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MDT SUNDAY.

* LOCATION... NORTHWEST PORTION OF NEW MEXICO FROM THE LOWER RIO CHAMA RIVER AND UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEYS TO THE FOUR CORNERS. THIS INCLUDES THE SAN JUAN AND JEMEZ MOUNTAINS. ALSO THE SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY IN THE UPPER GILA REGION.

* WINDS... SUSTAINED FROM THE SOUTHWEST AT 25 TO 35 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 55 MPH. THE HIGHER PEAKS WILL LIKELY EXPERIENCE EVEN STRONGER GUSTS.

* TIMING... WINDS WILL QUICKLY STRENGTHEN LATE SUNDAY MORNING WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS EXPECTED FROM MIDDAY TO LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL DIMINISH SUNDAY EVENING.

* VISIBILITY... WIDESPREAD REDUCTIONS TO 3 MILES IN BLOWING DUST WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH VISIBILITIES REDUCED TO LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT TIMES IN DUST PRONE AREAS.

* LOCAL IMPACTS... LOCALIZED AREAS CAN EXPECT ABRUPT REDUCTIONS TO VISIBILITY IN BLOWING DUST. STRONG CROSS WINDS WILL ALSO CREATE TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ESPECIALLY ALONG NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST ORIENTED ROADS SUCH AS U.S. HIGHWAYS 550 AND 84. LOOSE OBJECTS MAY BECOME AIRBORNE... AND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO TREES... POWERLINES... AND ROOFING MATERIAL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION WHILE TRAVELLING. SUDDEN GUSTS OF WIND MAY CAUSE YOU TO LOSE CONTROL OF YOUR VEHICLE. EXTRA ATTENTION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO CROSS WINDS.

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... VERY STRONG AND POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WINDS EXPECTED SUNDAY...

.A POTENT UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WILL APPROACH NEW MEXICO SUNDAY... BRINGING STRONG SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS ALOFT. AS THIS SYSTEM DIGS CLOSER TO THE STATE A STRONG SURFACE LOW WILL ALSO DEVELOP IN THE GREAT PLAINS... CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT FAVORABLE FOR STRONG SOUTHWEST SURFACE WINDS OVER THE REGION. THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ALONG AND EAST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN OF NEW MEXICO AS WARM TEMPERATURES ALLOW THE STRONGER WINDS ALOFT TO BE MIXED DOWN TO THE SURFACE. SUSTAINED SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 35 TO 45 MPH ARE FORECAST THROUGH MUCH OF SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EARLY SUNDAY EVENING WITH OCCASIONAL WIND GUSTS REACHING 60 TO 70 MPH. ALTHOUGH WINDS WILL DIMINISH FROM WEST TO EAST SUNDAY EVENING... STRONG WINDS ARE LIKELY TO PERSIST ACROSS PARTS OF THE EAST AND SOUTH SUNDAY NIGHT.