Weather service issues high wind warning

Freedom New Mexico Staff

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a red flag warning for high winds, effective until 5 p.m. today.

Northwest winds increasing to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph will continue throughout the day, according to the NWS.

Strongest winds are expected near the Texas-New Mexico border and over summits and through gaps. Winds will decrease gradually this afternoon, according to the NWS.

Strong gusts and sudden crosswinds may cause loss of control, particularly for drivers of high-profile vehicles such as vans, campers and trailers, according to the NWS.

A high-wind warning means hazardous weather conditions are imminent or highly likely, according to the NWS.

The red-flag warning extends across the east central plains of New Mexico and Texas and through the western Kiowa grasslands of northeast New Mexico, from Moriarty and Ruidoso to Childress, Texas, and from Clayton to Roswell.