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High Wind Watch
Issued: 3:08 AM MST Jan. 17, 2019 – National Weather Service

... High wind watch in effect from Friday morning through Friday
afternoon...

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

* Location... Southwest Mountains, Sandia/Manzano Mountains,
Central Highlands, south Central Highlands, upper Tularosa
Valley, south central mountains, Guadalupe County, Quay County,
Curry County, Roosevelt County, De Baca County, Chaves County
plains, eastern Lincoln County, southwest Chaves County.

* Winds... sustained from the northwest at 30 to 45 mph with
occasional gusts of 55 to 65 mph.

* Timing... winds will quickly increase through the morning Friday,
peaking in intensity through the afternoon. Winds will begin
decreasing in speed Friday evening.

* Visibility... areas of blowing dust may cause visibility
reductions down to 5 miles in portions of the eastern plains.

* Local impacts... strong Crosswinds will exist on southwest-to-
northeast oriented roads such as U.S. Highways 54 and 70. High
profile vehicles will be exposed to very difficult driving
conditions. Gusts of 55 to 65 mph may cause damage to
vulnerable 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.




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