Gusty Winds Anticipated to Hit Region Again Tuesday

April 16, 2018

MIDLAND — Hot temperatures will persist Tuesday, but southwest winds will be stronger area wide, as a Red Flag Warning has been extended through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday evening, according to the latest forecast models from the National Weather Service.

“Since it will be very dry, and fire danger will be extremely critical, a Red flag Warning is in effect from Tuesday morning until late Tuesday evening,” said NWS officials on their Midland regional website Monday. “Any fire that starts will have the potential to grow and spread rapidly.”

Strong southwest winds could also affect the Guadalupe Mountains Tuesday, according to NWS officials. Southwest winds could be almost as strong over the Southeast New Mexico Plains, northwestern Permian Basin, Upper Trans Pecos and Van Horn area.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly.

Because of that, a High Wind Watch is in effect for all of these areas — which includes Gaines County — from Tuesday morning until Tuesday evening.

According to models, areas of patchy dust is anticipated after 1 p.m. Tuesday, with daytime highs near 86-degrees. Southwest winds of 10 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

On Tuesday evening, it is anticipated to be mostly clear, with a low around 47. Windy, with a southwest wind 20 to 30 mph becoming northwest 10 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

The winds are anticipated to taper off on Wednesday, as highs reach near 75-degrees. North winds of 10 to 15 mph becoming east in the afternoon are anticipated for Wednesday.

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