Hazardous Weather Outlook
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Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
448 AM MST Thu Feb 23 2017

NMZ501>540-241200-
Northwest Plateau-Chuska Mountains-Far Northwest Highlands-
Northwest Highlands-West Central Plateau-West Central Mountains-
West Central Highlands-Southwest Mountains-
San Francisco River Valley-San Juan Mountains-Jemez Mountains-
West Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-
Northern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet/Red River-
Southern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet-
East Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-Upper Rio Grande Valley-
Lower Chama River Valley-Santa Fe Metro Area-
Middle Rio Grande Valley/Albuquerque Metro Area-
Lower Rio Grande Valley-Sandia/Manzano Mountains-Estancia Valley-
Central Highlands-South Central Highlands-Upper Tularosa Valley-
South Central Mountains-Raton Ridge/Johnson Mesa-
Far Northeast Highlands-Northeast Highlands-Union County-
Harding County-Eastern San Miguel County-Guadalupe County-
Quay County-Curry County-Roosevelt County-De Baca County-
Chaves County Plains-Eastern Lincoln County-Southwest Chaves County-
448 AM MST Thu Feb 23 2017

This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of north and central
New Mexico.

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight

Hazardous winds will strengthen and become more widespread today,
and directions will shift out of the west with a Pacific cold front.
Gusts from 40 to 50 are expected east of the continental divide,
except around 60 mph along and east of the central mountain chain.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect from the central mountain chain
eastward, and also for the middle Rio Grande Valley, due to strong
winds, low humidities, above normal temperatures and an unstable
atmosphere.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Friday through Wednesday

Hazardous northwest winds should return Friday, when gusts may again
reach 50 mph along the central mountain chain and across the east
central plains. Critical fire weather conditions may also redevelop
across the east central plains due to strong wind and low humidity.

Breezy to windy conditions will redevelop in some areas each day
Sunday through Tuesday. The east central plains has the potential for
daily rounds of critical fire weather conditions. The strongest winds
could reach 50 mph along and just east of the south central mountains
on Sunday, then along and east of the central mountain chain Tuesday.

An upper level trough crossing from the west could produce a few to
several inches of snow accumulation in the San Juan Mountains
Saturday night and Sunday. A stronger upper level trough will cross
New Mexico from the west on Monday night and Tuesday with the
potential for a few to several inches of snow accumulation in the
northern and western mountains.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

Spotter activation is not anticipated.

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