Non-Precipitation Warnings / Watches / Advisories
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
332 PM MDT Wed Mar 22 2017

...POTENTIALLY DAMAGING SOUTHWEST WINDS ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON...

.A storm system on the west coast will head toward New Mexico
Thursday and strengthen as it crosses the state Thursday night
and departs on Friday. Very strong to potentially damaging
southwest winds are expected to develop Thursday afternoon until
sunset across most of eastern New Mexico. High winds will be
likely again Friday across the eastern plains.

NMZ523-526-528-529-531>540-231000-
/O.NEW.KABQ.HW.A.0009.170323T1800Z-170324T0200Z/
Central Highlands-South Central Mountains-Far Northeast Highlands-
Northeast Highlands-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-
332 PM MDT Wed Mar 22 2017

...HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
THURSDAY EVENING...

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a High
Wind Watch, which is in effect from Thursday afternoon through
Thursday evening.

* LOCATION...much of the eastern highlands and plains of New
  Mexico.

* WINDS...Southwest 30 to 45 mph with gusts up to 65 mph.

* TIMING...Winds will strengthen around mid day on Thursday, then
  become very strong during the mid to late afternoon. Speeds will
  trend downward with sunset, but will probably remain hazardous
  in many locations Thursday night and especially Friday.

* VISIBILITY...dropping to 1 to 3 miles at times in dust prone
  locations.

* LOCAL IMPACTS...unsecured objects may become airborne and power
  lines may topple over. Power outages will be possible. Cross
  winds will be dangerous on northwest-to-southeast oriented
  roads, like Highway 285 from Eldorado to Mesa.

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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