National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a High Wind Warning, which is in effect 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
* LOCATION…Much of central and western New Mexico, including the Albuquerque and Santa Fe Metro areas.
* WINDS…Sustained at 35 to 45 mph from the southwest and west with occasional gusts ranging from 55 to 70 mph.
* TIMING…Winds will strengthen through the late morning Thursday, peaking in the mid afternoon, then decreasing through the evening hours.
* VISIBILITY…Widespread visibility reductions to 3 to 5 miles can be expected due to blowing dust, except below a half mile in dust prone areas down wind of open fields.
* LOCAL IMPACTS…Dangerous cross winds are expected on northwest to southeast oriented roads. Travel will be impacted on Interstate 25 and portions of Interstate 40 through the region. Damage to lightweight or vulnerable structures will be possible, including carports, barns, utility poles, and roof tops.
* AFFECTED AREAS: CHUSKA MOUNTAINS … JEMEZ MOUNTAINS … MIDDLE RIO GRANDE VALLEY, ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA … NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS … SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS … SANTA FE METRO AREA … SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS … UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY … WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS … WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS … WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU
Remember, A High Wind Warning means damaging winds are imminent or highly likely. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.