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Watches & Warnings

High Wind Watch
Issued: 5:59 PM MST Feb. 18, 2018 – National Weather Service

... High wind watch remains in effect from Monday morning through
Tuesday morning...

* location... this includes the west central mountains, west
Central Plateau, west slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains,
Sandia and Manzano Mountains, south Central Highlands and
mountains, and southwest Chaves County.

* Winds... southwest 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

* Timing... winds will strengthen late Monday morning, peaking mid
to late afternoon Monday before diminishing Monday night.

* Visibility... locally reduced from blowing dust. Some areas of
blowing snow will also be possible across west central New
Mexico Monday evening.

* Local impacts... drivers of vans, campers, trailers, and other
high profile vehicles should exercise extreme caution,
especially with cross winds. This includes I-40 from the Arizona
border through the Continental Divide, through the Sandia and
Manzano Mountains, as well as U.S. 380 from Capitan through the
Tularosa Valley.

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.



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Special Statement
Issued: 3:01 PM MST Feb. 18, 2018 – National Weather Service

... High winds... snow and much colder weather on the way...

A storm over the Pacific northwest will dive south tonight then
turn east Monday, carving out a deep trough of low pressure to our
west. The southwest flow aloft ahead of the storm will transport
moisture across New Mexico, with rain and snow developing tonight
over the western half of our forecast area. Precipitation will
increase in coverage and intensity Monday and Monday night before
tapering off Tuesday. Significant snow accumulations will be
confined to the western and northern mountains, with light amounts
of snow possible Monday night in the western and central valleys.

Strong to high winds will be a major concern over most of northern
and central New Mexico. Wind gusts of 60 to 65 mph will be likely
across the western and central mountains, onto the eastern Highlands.
Less winds, but still significant gusts of 40 to 50 mph will be
possible elsewhere.

A strong cold front will sweep from west to east across the state
Monday night into Tuesday, dropping temperatures sharply in the
wake of the front. While not much snow will fall in the lower
elevations, a sharp temperature drop Monday night could produce a
flash freeze of water on roads. This includes the northwest and
central valleys as well as the San Francisco River Valley.

Contact local law enforcement or the National Weather Service at
1.888.386.7637 to report snowfall or high winds.

For the latest Road conditions, visit nmroads.Com, dial 511, or
1.800.432.4269.


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301 PM MST sun Feb 18 2018

... High winds... snow and much colder weather on the way...

A storm over the Pacific northwest will dive south tonight then
turn east Monday, carving out a deep trough of low pressure to our
west. The southwest flow aloft ahead of the storm will transport
moisture across New Mexico, with rain and snow developing tonight
over the western half of our forecast area. Precipitation will
increase in coverage and intensity Monday and Monday night before
tapering off Tuesday. Significant snow accumulations will be
confined to the western and northern mountains, with light amounts
of snow possible Monday night in the western and central valleys.

Strong to high winds will be a major concern over most of northern
and central New Mexico. Wind gusts of 60 to 65 mph will be likely
across the western and central mountains, onto the eastern Highlands.
Less winds, but still significant gusts of 40 to 50 mph will be
possible elsewhere.

A strong cold front will sweep from west to east across the state
Monday night into Tuesday, dropping temperatures sharply in the
wake of the front. While not much snow will fall in the lower
elevations, a sharp temperature drop Monday night could produce a
flash freeze of water on roads. This includes the northwest and
central valleys as well as the San Francisco River Valley.

Contact local law enforcement or the National Weather Service at
1.888.386.7637 to report snowfall or high winds.

For the latest Road conditions, visit nmroads.Com, dial 511, or
1.800.432.4269.


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