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High wind warning issued, snow expected

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Chaves County and eastern New Mexico are likely to experience some high winds and precipitation this week.

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque issued a high wind warning for Tuesday, from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the Chaves County Plains. The warning is also in effect for the Sangre de Cristo, Sandia and Manzano Mountains as well Edgewood, the South Central Highlands and the Northeast Highlands.

Winds were expected to increase from the west, according to Todd Shoemake, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Wind gusts will peak some time in the early afternoon, with gusts reaching as high as 60 mph.

The warning from the National Weather Service states that winds could move loose debris, damage property and result in power outages. Travel will be difficult for high profile vehicles along north- and south-oriented roads.

People are urged to secure items that could be picked up or damaged by the wind. Tuesday evening, winds are expected to reduce in speed but continue.

Highs Wednesday will reach about 45 degrees. A mix of snow, rain, sleet and freezing rain will develop some time between 4 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, and last through Thursday.

Between two and four inches of snow are expected to accumulate in the Roswell area. Higher elevations in southwestern Chaves County, near the Sacramento and Guadalupe Mountains, will likely see larger amounts of snow, Shoemake said.

Roswell and surrounding areas will see about a tenth of an inch of ice as a result of the freezing rain, he added. Friday will see temperatures reach about 60 degrees. Any accumulation will then likely melt.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.