Strong winds will once again rip across New Mexico Friday afternoon, resulting in blowing dust and high fire danger. Although winds won’t be *quite as strong as what we felt on Thursday, you’ll still want to take note as wind gusts could near 50mph in the Rio Grande Valley… topping out closer to 70mph in the Northern Mountains and Eastern Plains.
RED FLAG WARNING in place for central and eastern NM beginning 11AM through 8PM Friday due to strong winds (W/NW 25-40mph) & dry conditions (relative humidity <15%) resulting in elevated to critical fire danger.
Cooler air filling in behind our departing spring storm will drop temperature significantly Friday afternoon. Expect highs to warm into the 40s, 50s and 60s… about 20°-30° cooler than what we felt midweek.
Conditions will improve over the weekend with sunshine and warmer temperatures expected statewide.