Strong winds & high fire danger throughout New Mexico

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TUESDAY: A warm but windy day on tap! Strong west/southwest winds will reach 15-25mph in most locales with gusts between 30-45mph. These strong winds combined with dry conditions (relative humidity <15%) will raise fire concerns across NM — a RED FLAG WARNING kicks in 1PM and continues until 9PM for most of the state. Temps will be nothing to worry about as most of us soar *well above average in the 70s, 80s and 90s. No rain or snow to mention of on Tuesday.

WEDNESDAY: A storm system crossing northern NM and southern CO will give way to scattered rain and high mountain snow on Wednesday (light accumulations). The bigger focus with this storm will be extreme wind and signifcantly cooler temps. Expect sustained winds +30mph in the Rio Grande Valley with gusts 50-65mph across eastern NM. Temperatures will drop 20°-30° behind the associated cold front leaving most of us cooler than normal for this time of year.

THURSDAY: Another day of strong gusty winds and cool temps can be expected Thursday. Afternoon highs will struggle to reach 60° in the ABQ-metro under a mostly sunny sky.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY: Our next big weather maker looks to arrive late week into the weekend bringing rain, snow, gusty winds and cooler temps. The track of this storm is still a bit in question so we’ll hold off on talking about potential precipitation accumulations for now. Just know the weather looks to stay active through the start of the weekend — detalis to come as we get closer.

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