Stronger Winds Anticipated for Seminole, Region on Friday

April 13, 2018

MIDLAND — A Red Flag Warning remains in effect through tonight for all of West Texas and Southeast New Mexico, according forecasters with the Midland regional office of the National Weather Service.

A day after experiencing similar conditions, West Texas and southeastern New Mexico residents are expected to see widespread blowing dust with a high near 70. “Very windy, with a west wind 20 to 30 mph increasing to 30 to 40 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph.” said NWS forecasters on their website.

“While temperatures will be cooler today, it will be much drier and windier, leading to a potentially prolonged period of critical to extreme fire weather conditions areawide,” said NWS officials. “Take precautions, and plan ahead now to avoid any activities that could create a flame or spark. Fire danger will be high to extreme, and any fire that starts will rapidly grow and spread out of control.”

NWS officials, in anticipation of Friday’s weather, issued a Blowing Dust Advisory through 9 p.m. Friday evening, a High Wind Warning through 8 p.m. Friday evening, as well as a Wind Advisory.

“The base of an upper level storm system will move over West Texas and Southeast New Mexico today,” said NWS officials. “Strong mid level winds associated with the system will mix down to the surface and result in very strong to damaging winds over Southeast New Mexico and most of West Texas. Blowing dust will accompany the strong winds and drop visibility to one mile or less at times.”

A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

A Blowing Dust Advisory means that blowing dust will restrict visibilities. Travelers are urged to use caution.

On Friday evening, forecasters are calling for: “Patchy blowing dust before 1am. Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Very windy, with a west wind 25 to 35 mph decreasing to 10 to 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.”


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