BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Due to strong winds expected Friday in New Mexico, Bernalillo County Homeland Security has issued a red flag warning.
Winds will begin to ramp up on Friday as a storm closes in from the Pacific. This system will impact the state in three big ways. Let’s start with the wind. Winds will gust to 35 mph Friday and speeds will only go up from there. Winds Saturday will gust to 50 mph on Saturday with blowing dust likely. It doesn’t get much better Sunday with gusts near 50 mph yet again. If you think Monday will bring relief, you might want to think again. More wind near 40 mph.
The second impact of this storm will be on temperatures. We will top out in the low 80s Friday, but by Sunday, we will only reach the low 60s for highs. Not only that, but the cooler temperatures will stick around most of next week.
Finally, we will see some precipitation as well. As the cold front passes through the state late Saturday we could pick up some showers here in the metro. The northern mountains are likely to get 3″-6″ of snow above 9,000 feet. Stay tuned more details on the storm Friday.
The red flag warning will be in effect all afternoon in the middle Rio Grande Valley. A fire watch is also in effect and will probably last through much of the weekend.
With strong winds, any spark could kick up a fire storm.