Sandia/Manzano Mountains Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

High Wind Watch
Issued: 3:59 PM MDT Apr. 26, 2017 – National Weather Service

... High wind watch remains in effect from Thursday morning
through Thursday evening...

* location... Sandia, Manzano and south central mountains,
central and south Central Highlands, eastern Lincoln and
southwest Chaves counties.

* Winds... west to northwest 30 to 40 mph with gusts to around 60
mph.

* Timing... wind will strengthen through the morning, peak during
the afternoon and diminish Thursday evening.

* Visibility... locally reduced in dust prone locations.

* Local impacts... strong cross winds will impact north to south
oriented roads. Light weight and unsecured objects may become
airborne. Flimsy structures may topple over.

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.





Special Statement
Issued: 8:56 PM MDT Apr. 26, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Significant late season winter storm to hit northern and
central New Mexico late Friday through early Sunday...

An unusually cold upper level low pressure system and associated
cold front will bring accumulating snow and freezing temperatures
at the end of the week. Rain showers, thunderstorms and mountain
snow showers will commence Friday, then increase in coverage with
snow spreading to many lower elevation locations Friday night
through Saturday. Significant snow accumulation is expected in the
northern mountains and across northeast New Mexico. Major travel
corridors will be impacted by accumulating snow, especially
Interstate 25 between Glorieta Pass and Raton Pass and possibly
Interstate 40 between Tijeras Canyon and Santa Rosa.

In addition to snow impacts, a late season freeze is forecast
Saturday night into Sunday morning at a number of lower elevation
locations that are already beyond their average last freeze date.
A number of lower elevation locales may even experience a hard
freeze, which could damage or kill local agriculture.

Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, weather.Gov/abq or your local media
for the latest updates on this evolving winter storm.


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856 PM MDT Wed Apr 26 2017

... Significant late season winter storm to hit northern and
central New Mexico late Friday through early Sunday...

An unusually cold upper level low pressure system and associated
cold front will bring accumulating snow and freezing temperatures
at the end of the week. Rain showers, thunderstorms and mountain
snow showers will commence Friday, then increase in coverage with
snow spreading to many lower elevation locations Friday night
through Saturday. Significant snow accumulation is expected in the
northern mountains and across northeast New Mexico. Major travel
corridors will be impacted by accumulating snow, especially
Interstate 25 between Glorieta Pass and Raton Pass and possibly
Interstate 40 between Tijeras Canyon and Santa Rosa.

In addition to snow impacts, a late season freeze is forecast
Saturday night into Sunday morning at a number of lower elevation
locations that are already beyond their average last freeze date.
A number of lower elevation locales may even experience a hard
freeze, which could damage or kill local agriculture.

Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, weather.Gov/abq or your local media
for the latest updates on this evolving winter storm.


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Fire Weather Watch
Issued: 2:16 PM MDT Apr. 26, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Fire Weather Watch remains in effect from Thursday afternoon
through Thursday evening...

* area and timing... Thursday afternoon and early evening for the
west Central Highlands, middle Rio Grande Valley, Sandia,
Manzano and Gallinas Mountains below 7500 feet, and the east
Central Plains where significant rainfall did not occur recently.

* 20 foot winds... westerly 25 to 35 mph with gusts near 50 mph.
Winds may be locally higher near Clines Corners.

* Relative humidity... minimums between 10 and 15 percent.

* Impacts... any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in the
field of this Fire Weather Watch.