...RED FLAG WARNING SUNDAY LATE MORNING THROUGH AFTERNOON FOR THE NORTHEAST AND CENTRAL HIGHLANDS AND EASTERN PLAINS DUE TO STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...
.Stronger flow in the upper levels of the atmosphere will begin moving over New Mexico on Sunday along with the development of a lee-side surface trough. This scenario will lead to gusty afternoon winds in much of eastern New Mexico with occasional gusts of 35 to 50 mph possible. In addition, dry conditions and low humidity will be present with afternoon humidity falling to less than 10 percent in some eastern areas of New Mexico. Winds are forecast to strengthen further Monday and Tuesday, but humidities are expect to increase as well.
...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 6 PM MST SUNDAY...
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Red Flag Warning...which is in effect from 11 AM to 6 PM MST Sunday. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.
* AREA AND TIMING...Northeast Highlands (Zone 123), Northeast Plains (Zone 104), Central Highlands (Zone 125) and East Central Plains (Zone 126) from late Sunday morning through the late afternoon.
* 20 FOOT WINDS...West northwest winds from 20 to 35 mph with gusts of 35 to 45 mph. The strongest winds will be along the I- 25 corridor, and the weakest winds in far northeastern New Mexico.
* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...bottoming out from 9 to 15 percent.
* IMPACTS...Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in the field of this Fire Weather Watch..
Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in the field of this Red Flag Warning.
...HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING...
* WHAT...West winds 40 mph with gusts up to 60 to 70 mph possible.
* WHERE...Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Johnson and Bartlett Mesas Including Raton Pass, Far Northeast Highlands, and Northeast Highlands.
* WHEN...From Monday morning through Tuesday evening.
* IMPACTS...Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines. Power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. High winds will cause crosswinds on north south oriented roads and blowing dust reducing visibility could lead to hazardous travel. There is some potential for rapid fire growth should any wildfires develop in areas of high winds and low relative humidity.
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