Southern NM, west Texas under wind advisory

Southern NM, west Texas under wind advisory

POSTED: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 12:09pm

UPDATED: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 4:18pm

The National Weather Service in El Paso has issued a Wind Advisory for Southern New Mexico and far west Texas that will remain in effect until 7:00 pm MST Friday evening.

Winds should increase to 30-40 MPH in the morning and peak in the afternoon hours. The winds could potentially blow and scatter loose objects, motorists should expect strong cross-winds through mountain passes and along roadways.

Visibility may be reduced to 3 or 4 miles for blowing dust, and localized reductions to visibility of less than half a mile near areas with loose soil.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation says that law enforcement will be monitoring roadway conditions throughout southern New Mexico as high winds are already being reported along the I-10 corridor. Low Visibility may occur intermittently in New Mexico as wind speeds increase into the afternoon.

NMDot gives motorists the following recommended driving tips:

  • Slow down, be patient and drive safely. Plan for extra travel time.
  • Leave approximately 500 feet between your vehicle and a snowplow.
  • Maintain at least a three-quarter full tank of gas.
  • Notify someone of your travel route, destination and projected arrival time.
  • Carry an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle.
  • Brake slowly to avoid any panic braking or jerking the steering wheel.
  • Increase the distance between you and the traffic ahead.
  • When pulling off the road, make sure you exit on to the shoulder far enough to where your vehicle is not on the road.
  • Carry plenty of food and water and all necessary medications

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