NWS warns of ‘potentially catastrophic’ fire weather today New Mexico

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Much of New Mexico will face strong winds and extreme fire danger, triggering a weather alert day for Friday. Much of New Mexico could see the strongest winds of the season in much of the state. New Mexico is experiencing a mega-drought, one of the worst droughts in 1,200 years. Dry vegetation, above normal temperatures and forecast strong winds will create extreme fire problems on Friday. Residents are recommended to stay indoors when these winds begin. Strong Winds Strong winds, likely to be as high as 65 mph, and in some cases 70 mph, will be common across much of the state tomorrow .A strong wind warning and wind advisories are in effect for most of New Mexico due to high winds expected on Friday. There is also a concern of power outages and property damage with the strong winds. Travel is likely to be impacted as blown dust could be common across the state. The winds will be strong enough to damage roofs, trees, utility poles and other vulnerable structures. High fire danger Along with the Cooks Fire peak spreading rapidly through northeastern New Mexico, the potential for new wildfires and the spread of currently burning wildfires is high. Red flag warnings were issued by the National Weather Service, warning of the danger of severe fire weather. The NWS warns that a “widespread, potentially catastrophic extreme weather event will occur today”. Very dry conditions and low humidity combine with strong winds creating favorable conditions for rapid wildfire growth if a fire breaks out. It is important to prepare now for any fire situation and any potential evacuation that would develop if a wildfire were to occur. Outdoor combustion and activities involving open flames should be avoided. TimingWinds will begin in the northwest part of the state and spread through much of New Mexico during the morning hours. Winds will be strongest between lunchtime and just before sunset. Peaking with gusts of wind between 70 and 80 mph in the afternoon. Be sure to download the KOAT app to receive personalized weather alerts. You can also watch our team’s coverage on the app.>>Check the live interactive radar>>Live weather conditions, watches and warnings>>Download the KOAT app on iPhone>>Download the KOAT app on Android >> “Like” KOAT on Facebook >> “Follow” KOAT on Twitter

Much of New Mexico will face high winds and extreme fire danger, triggering a weather alert day for Friday.

Much of New Mexico could see the strongest winds of the season in much of the state.

New Mexico is experiencing a mega-drought, one of the worst droughts in 1,200 years. Dry vegetation, above normal temperatures and forecast strong winds will create extreme fire problems on Friday.

Residents are recommended to stay indoors when these winds begin.

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strong winds

Strong winds, likely to be as strong as 65 mph, and in some cases 70 mph, will be common across much of the state tomorrow.

A high wind warning and wind advisories are in effect for most of New Mexico due to high winds expected on Friday.

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Strong wind warnings and wind advisories for 04/22

There is also a concern of power outages and property damage with the strong winds. Travel is likely to be impacted as blown dust could be common across the state. The winds will be strong enough to damage roofs, trees, utility poles and other vulnerable structures.

High fire danger

Along with the rapidly spreading Cooks Peak Fire in northeastern New Mexico, the potential for new wildfires and the spread of currently burning wildfires is high.

Red flag warnings were issued by the National Weather Service, warning of the danger of severe fire weather. The NWS warns that a “widespread, potentially catastrophic extreme weather event will occur today”.

Very dry conditions and low humidity combine with strong winds creating favorable conditions for rapid wildfire growth if a fire breaks out.

fire weather outlook

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Fire Weather Outlook

It is important to prepare now for any fire situation and any potential evacuation that would develop if a wildfire were to occur.

Outdoor combustion and activities involving open flames should be avoided.

Hourly

The winds will start in the northwest part of the state and spread through much of New Mexico during the morning hours. Winds will be strongest between lunchtime and just before sunset. Peaking with gusts of wind between 70 and 80 mph in the afternoon.


Be sure to download the KOAT app to receive personalized weather alerts. You can also watch our team’s coverage on the app.

>> Check the live interactive radar

>> Live weather conditions, watches and warnings

>> Download the KOAT app on iPhone

>> Download the KOAT app on Android

>> “Like” KOAT on Facebook

>> “Follow”KOAT on Twitter

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