ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hang on to your hats – two more rounds of windy conditions are on their way to the Land of Enchantment.
After a Pacific cold front spread strong winds across the state on Monday, meteorologists at the National Weather Service expect stronger winds to redevelop over northeastern New Mexico on Wednesday afternoon where low humidity is forecast.
Kerry Jones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said conditions could lead to a few hours of critical fire weather in the northeastern plains.
“Given that dry air mass that’s still in place across the east, we could see some critical fire weather conditions that develop along the Texas-Oklahoma border as well,” Jones said. “This is certainly a day that we’re going to be monitoring for a potential for a rapid wildfire spread if any fires do develop.”
A fire weather watch is in place for the eastern plains Wednesday afternoon.
A storm system over the northern and central Rockies will steer the jet stream over New Mexico, leading to another round of strong to severe winds Thursday. Areas along and east of the central mountain chain will experience the highest wind speeds Thursday afternoon, possibly gusting to 65 mph.
Forecasters expect wind speeds to peak in strength during the mid-afternoon, then weaken through the evening.
A slight chance of showers are in the Albuquerque forecast for Wednesday night, Thursday and Thursday night. High temperatures will rise into the high 50s on Wednesday and mid-60s on Thursday. Expect breezy conditions in the metro area Thursday.
Forecasters say motorists should exercise caution while travelling, as sudden gusts of wind may cause the loss of control of the vehicle. Pay extra attention to cross winds.