An unseasonably strong and cold storm system is expected to bring heavy winds and gusts to southeast New Mexico Monday, prompting the National Weather Service in Albuquerque to issue a High Wind Watch Sunday for Chaves County.
The Watch area also includes eastern Lincoln County, South Central Mountains and upper Tularosa Mountains.
A High Wind Watch means conditions are favorable for a potentially damaging wind event in the watch area, according to the statement.
The area could experience southwest winds of 30 to 45 mph and gusts of 50 to 65 mph. Winds are expected to reach peak strength Monday in the late afternoon and into the early evening hours.
Locations under watch could see reduced visibility in dust-prone areas.
Crosswinds will impact north to south and northeast to southwest oriented roads. Lightweight and loose objects could be come airborne and flimsy structures could be pushed over, according to the statement.