NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Breezes will pick up early Friday, and high winds are expected through Friday afternoon in central and northern New Mexico. A high wind warning will be in effect for the east slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, northeast highlands and central highlands. Westerly winds at 30-40 mph and gusts up to 60 mph are expected. The rest of northern New Mexico will be under wind advisories for winds expected from the west/northwest at 25-35 and wind gusts up to 50 mph, especially around the mountains. Southern New Mexico will not be as windy, with winds only up to around 25-35 mph. Red flag warnings will be in effect across the state for high fire danger all day. If you live near any fires, be prepared with an evacuation plan. There is a high risk of new wildfires igniting and spreading.

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Temperatures will cool in northwest NM as a cold front starts moving in, and the front will bring a cool down to the southeast by Saturday. Winds will be calmer on Saturday, thanks to a high pressure ridge. However, Sunday will be breezy again as the next upper level disturbance approaches the Rockies, and with breezier west winds, temperatures will climb by around ten degrees.