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High Wind Watch
Issued: 3:51 PM MST Dec. 11, 2018 – National Weather Service

... High wind watch in effect from Wednesday afternoon through
Thursday morning...

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a high
wind watch, which is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through
Thursday morning.

* Location... portions of western and central New Mexico, including
the northwest Highlands, west central mountains, west Central
Highlands, Southwest Mountains, Jemez Mountains, middle Rio
Grande Valley/Albuquerque Metro area, Sandia/Manzano Mountains,
Estancia valley-Central Highlands, south Central Highlands,
south central mountains, eastern Lincoln County, southwest
Chaves County.

* Winds... sustained at 35 to 45 mph from the northwest with
occasional gusts to 60 mph. Gusts could even approach 70 mph in
some high terrain areas of New Mexico.

* Timing... winds will increase late Wednesday afternoon in
northwestern and west central New Mexico as a cold front slides
into the area. Strong winds will then spread into central and
south central areas of the state Wednesday night. Winds will
likely reach peak intensity during the frontal passage, and will
undergo significant weakening late Thursday morning.

* Visibility... light snow will accompany the frontal passage, and
areas of blowing snow will reduce visibility to less than a mile
at times.

* Local impacts... strong cross winds are expected on southwest-
to-northeast oriented roads, and difficult driving conditions
are anticipated, especially for high profile vehicles. Gusts in
excess of 60 mph could produce damage to some trees and
structures.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Remember, a high wind watch means conditions are favorable for a
potentially damaging high wind event in and close to the watch
area. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph
or more can lead to property damage. Monitor the latest forecasts
at weather.Gov/abq, listen to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite
media outlet.