The National Weather Service has posted a high-wind watch for the northern and northeastern counties of New Mexico from late tonight through Wednesday afternoon.
Strong winds are possible late tonight into Wednesday over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Raton Ridge area, with wind speeds steadily increasing after midnight and continuing to gust through sunrise, the weather service said.
The fast-moving disturbance is expected to move into the Texas Panhandle and diminish across New Mexico by Wednesday afternoon.
West to northwest winds of 30 to 40 mph could gust up to 60 mph over the mountain summits and slopes overnight tonight and tomorrow, according to the weather service.
Visibility could be reduced by blowing snow, and drivers are urged to watch for strong crosswinds on north-south-oriented roads, including Raton Pass along Interstate 25 at the Colorado line.
Strong winds could toss loose tree limbs and other objects onto roads and against buildings, and the weather service is warning of possible power outages if trees fall onto power lines.