Blowing Dust Advisory issued February 28 at 6:33AM CST until February 28 at 9:00PM CST by NWS El Paso
Eastern, Central El Paso County; Rio Grande Valley of Eastern El Paso, Western Hudspeth Counties; Western El Paso County
...Very windy and dusty conditions expected across Southern New
Mexico and Far West Texas Today...
.A strong Pacific storm system will move across Arizona and New
Mexico Today. Strong west winds will develop early today and
increase in speed through the early afternoon hours. Wind gusts
of 55 to 65 mph will be possible, with the strongest winds focused
south and east of a line from Deming to Truth or Consequences.
The highest gusts will be east of area mountain ranges, and along
passes and exposed ridgelines. Further to the west, winds will
gust 45 to 55 mph.
Areas of blowing dust will develop by early afternoon. Especially
thick dust is expected along I-10 west of Lordsburg. Dust plumes
from northern Chihuahua will develop as well, spreading into the
El Paso Lower Valley. Blowing dust and sand is also likely in and
east of White Sands National Monument.
Winds will diminish and dust settle within an hour or two after
...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO
8 PM MST THIS EVENING...
...BLOWING DUST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS
MORNING TO 8 PM MST THIS EVENING...
* WINDS AND TIMING...West-Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with
gusts to 45 mph will develop by late in the morning. Winds
will increase 35 to 45 mph with gusts 55 to 65 mph by early
afternoon. Highest gusts in mountain passes and downslope
areas to the east of mountains. Winds will diminish after
* VISIBILITY...Generally 1 to 3 miles with a few locations down
to one quarter mile during peak gusts. Lower visibilities
generally south and east of El Paso.
* IMPACTS...Strong winds will result in hazardous driving
conditions, especially on north-south oriented highways.
Blowing dust will reduce visibility to dangerous levels,
especially downwind of empty lots and fields. Some damage
possible to weak structures, signs, and trees.
A High Wind Warning means sustained wind speeds of at least
40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more are expected, which can lead to
A Blowing Dust Advisory means that blowing dust will restrict
visibilities. Travelers are urged to use caution.