High Wind Watch issued February 27 at 6:09AM MST until February 28 at 8:00PM MST by NWS El Paso
Central Tularosa Basin; East Slopes Sacramento Mountains Below 7500 Feet; Northern Dona Ana County; Otero Mesa; Sacramento Mountains Above 7500 Feet; Southern Dona Ana County, Mesilla Valley; Southern Tularosa Basin; West Slopes Sacramento Mountains Below 7500 Feet
...Very wind conditions expected across South Central New Mexico
and Far West Texas Tuesday...
.A strong Pacific low pressure storm system will move across
Arizona and New Mexico Tuesday. This system will bring some
clouds, and even some rain and snow showers, but strong and gusty
winds will be the primary hazardous weather associated with this
storm`s passage. West winds will start breezy in the early morning
hours before becoming windy in the late morning hours. Very strong
winds are expected through the afternoon and early evening hours.
The strongest winds will be from the Rio Grande eastward and south
of a line from Hatch to Alamogordo. Afternoon winds will average
35 to 45 mph with gusts 60 mph or stronger, especially through
passes and over east slope locations.
...HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
The National Weather Service in El Paso has issued a High Wind
Watch, which is in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday
* TIMING...West winds will increase as early as mid-morning,
reaching their peak by early afternoon. Very strong and gusty
winds are expected through the afternoon and early evening hours
beginning to diminish after sunset.
* WINDS...West winds increasing to 25 to 35 mph by late morning.
Winds will increase to 35 to 45 mph with gusts near 60 mph
through the afternoon and early evening hours. Isolated
locations lee of passes and over east slopes may see stronger
* IMPACTS...Blowing dust and buffeting winds will cause vehicle
handling problems in cross winds, and dangerous driving due to
severe visibility reductions. Stretches of Interstate 10 may be
closed. Light structures may see damage. Trees and signage may
come down. Power outages also possible.
A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous
high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph, or gusts of
58 mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest