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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
402 PM MDT Sun Apr 15 2018

NMZ501>540-161100-
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-
402 PM MDT Sun Apr 15 2018

...STRONG TO SEVERE WINDS EXPECTED TUESDAY...

A potent upper level trough will move inland off of the Pacific,
crossing north of the Four Corners region on Tuesday. A stout jet
stream will round the base of this feature, and through the day
Tuesday strong winds aloft are expected to mix down to the
surface.

Winds will primarily be out of the southwest, but will shift to
more of a west or northwesterly direction once a cold front
arrives. Sustained wind speeds are expected to be between 25 and
45 mph by mid to late afternoon Tuesday, with occasional gusts of
55 to 70 mph. These gusts could be potentially damaging and will
also be capable of producing widespread areas of blowing dust. In
addition to the strong winds, very dry conditions and low
humidity will be in place, creating critical to extreme fire
weather.

This is a high-impact weather situation. Residents and travelers
across New Mexico are urged to take appropriate precautions, limit
time outdoors, and plan travel accordingly for Tuesday. Stay up to
date with the latest forecasts and weather statements at
weather.gov/abq or through your preferred media outlet.

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