High winds on the way

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Weather > Temperatures expected to dip into the 30s

Forecasters are warning that high winds will rake parts of the state as a cold front settles in.

The National Weather Service has issued high wind warnings from Wednesday evening into Thursday as near record lows and widespread freezing temperatures grip the state. The chilly start to May is expected to stick around for a couple more days.

The service says strong winds are expected to whip through portions of the Rio Grande Valley and Upper Tularosa Basin. The Santa Fe and Albuquerque areas are also expected to see the winds that could strengthen to 40 mph.

The New Mexico Environment Department, meanwhile, issued a warning about dust, particularly in the northwestern region of the state as well as on the eastern plains. Strong east canyon winds along the middle and lower Rio Grande Valley Wednesday night into Thursday may result in dust impacts, as well.

Dust storms result in elevated levels of airborne particulate matter 10 microns or less in size, which is about 1/7th the diameter of a human hair. Due to the current drought and very dry soil conditions, there is more potential for blowing dust than usual for the entire state.