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Watches & Warnings

Wind Advisory
Issued: 11:15 AM MDT Mar. 23, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Wind Advisory in effect from 2 PM to 8 PM MDT Saturday...

The National Weather Service in El Paso TX/Santa Teresa has
issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 2 PM to 8 PM MDT

* Timing... winds will increase during the late morning and early
afternoon with maximum speeds occurring from around 3 PM to 6

* Winds... west to southwest winds will have sustained speeds
around 25 to 35 mph with gusts from 40 to 50 mph most areas.
However gusts may exceed 60 mph over isolated locations mainly
over the higher mountains and along eastern slopes and mountain

* Impacts... blowing dust will lower the visibility to less than a
mile over a few areas including along portions of Interstate 10
between El Paso and Las Cruces and also around Deming and
Lordsburg. Driving will be difficult especially for high profile

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds
this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high
profile vehicles. Use extra caution.


Fire Weather Warning
Issued: 6:47 AM MDT Mar. 23, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Red flag warning remains in effect from noon today to 8 PM MDT
this evening for low relative humidity and strong winds...

* affected area... fire weather zone 111. Fire weather zone 112.
Fire weather zone 113. Fire weather zone 055. Fire weather
zone 056.

* Wind... west to southwest at 20 to 30 mph.

* Humidity... 9 to 15 percent.

* Highest threat... is located El Paso, Dona Ana and Luna counties
along with the eastern slopes of the Sacramento Mountains.

* Impacts... any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.


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