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Severe winds in forecast


March 13, 2019

CLOVIS — Be ready, eastern New Mexico. The wind is coming.

The city of Clovis issued an advisory Tuesday of what it calls a “highly complex and potentially historic storm system that will impact New Mexico for the next 36-48 hours.”

The expected conditions include fast-moving thunderstorms capable of hail up to baseball-sized, damaging wind and a small chance of tornadoes in east central and southeast New Mexico.

Gusts of up to 75 mph are expected across much of central and eastern New Mexico on Wednesday.

Elsewhere around the state, in the northern and western areas, heavy snow was expected after midnight with difficult driving conditions.

Out of caution, Eastern New Mexico University alerted students it was closing the campus at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Kerry Jones, chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Albuquerque branch, posted on his Twitter account (@peakwx), “No colorful graphics. Just a heartfelt message to please heed (weather) warnings next 36-48 hours, have a plan and know where to go for safety. As much as I love (weather), it will become dangerous for parts of #NM between severe storms, historically high wind and snow.”


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