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Wind Advisory until 6 p.m. this evening

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM MDT THIS EVENING.

* LOCATION... NORTHWEST... AND MUCH OF WEST-CENTRAL AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO TO INCLUDE THE FOUR CORNERS REGION... NORTHERN MOUNTAINS AND THE INTERSTATE 40 CORRIDOR BETWEEN THE ARIZONA STATE LINE AND CONTINENTAL DIVIDE.

* WINDS... SUSTAINED FROM THE NORTHWEST AT 25 TO 35 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 50 MPH.

* TIMING... WINDS WILL STEADILY INCREASE THROUGH MID- MORNING... PEAKING IN STRENGTH BY MIDDAY INTO THE AFTERNOON AS A COLD FRONT SWEEPS THE REGION FROM NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST. WINDS WILL DIMINISH LATE IN THE DAY.

* VISIBILITY... 3 TO 5 MILES IN DUST PRONE AREAS INCLUDING OPEN FIELDS AND ONGOING CONSTRUCTION SITES WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT. OF PARTICULAR CONCERN WILL BE AREAS BETWEEN GALLUP AND FARMINGTON... AND THE SAN JUAN BASIN WHERE VISIBILITIES MAY BE LOCALLY REDUCED TO 1 MILE OR LESS.

* LOCAL IMPACTS... STRONG CROSS WINDS CAN BE EXPECTED ESPECIALLY ON NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST ORIENTED ROADS. AREAS OF BLOWING DUST WILL LIMIT VISIBILITY.

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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... HIGH WINDS WILL ACCOMPANY A STRONG COLD FRONT IN THE EASTERN PLAINS THROUGH TONIGHT... ... STRONG EAST CANYON WINDS DEVELOPING MIDDLE AND LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY AND UPPER TULAROSA BASIN TONIGHT... ... FREEZING TEMPERATURES ACROSS CENTRAL AND EASTERN AREAS WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING...

A STRONG BACK DOOR COLD FRONT WILL PLUNGE THROUGH THE EASTERN PLAINS OF NEW MEXICO WITH VERY GUSTY WINDS. THESE GUSTY NORTH AND NORTHEAST WINDS WILL QUICKLY DEVELOP THIS MORNING ACROSS THE NORTHEAST... SPREADING SOUTHWARD THROUGH THE DAY. EVEN STRONGER WINDS ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT INCLUDING EAST CANYON WINDS THAT WILL IMPACT PORTIONS OF THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY AND UPPER TULAROSA BASIN. NEAR RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES AND WIDESPREAD FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED AT LOWER ELEVATIONS ALONG AND EAST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR EVEN COLDER TEMPERATURES ACROSS EASTERN NEW MEXICO EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.