Forecasters Warn Of Damaging Winds

Apr 25, 2014

Record winds in July 2013 downed huge trees in Albuquerque.
Credit Elaine Baumgartel

Forecasters with the National Weather Service are warning New Mexicans that it could be a windy weekend.

They say a strong cold front will be sweeping into the state late Saturday through Sunday, bringing with it potentially damaging winds for much of the area.

Snow in the northern mountains and below-normal temperatures are also possible thanks to the storm system.

Forecasters say the strongest winds expected to develop Saturday afternoon and continue through Sunday. Areas near and east of the central mountain chain, including the central high plains and eastern plains are likely to see the longest duration of strong winds.

Gusts of 60 mph or greater will be possible, resulting in blowing dust, especially along the Rio Grande Valley and across the eastern plains.