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High Wind Warning
Issued: 10:01 PM MST Dec. 12, 2018 – National Weather Service

... High Wind Warning remains in effect until 8 am MST Thursday...

* 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 favoring the high terrain. Gusts
could even approach 70 mph in some high terrain areas of New
Mexico above 8000 feet.

* Timing... strong winds will continue overnight. Winds will
likely reach peak intensity during and immediately behind the
frontal passage, gradually diminishing through Thursday morning.


* Visibility... blowing dust could reduce visibility to less than
3 miles at times.

* Local impacts... strong cross winds are expected on southwest-
to-northeast oriented roads, including the I-25 corridor
through the middle Rio Grande Valley. Dangerous 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 Warning means damaging winds are imminent
or highly likely. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or
gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.





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