A strong storm system located over the inter-mountain west has forced gusty winds to develop across eastern New Mexico and west Texas. Winds will remain strong through this evening, before weakening slightly Sunday morning.
Sustained winds of 35 to 45 MPH, and gusts between 45 and 60 MPH are likely through sunset. Gusts of this magnitude will make driving difficult, especially if traveling along east to west oriented roads.
Winds approaching strong to severe levels will also combine will very dry soil conditions to produce widespread blowing dust across eastern New Mexico and the western two-thirds of the South Plains.
Visibility of less than one-half mile has been reported west of Lubbock, along both the Clovis and Brownfield Highways. Winds could occasionally be strong enough to cause minor tree damage, leading to isolated power outages.
If driving today, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions within a short distance. If you encounter thick blowing dust, slow down and remain especially aware of traffic around you. Visibility will be lowest next to adjacent, freshly harvested fields.
Delays are not limited to roadways. Lubbock International Airport has reported sporadic delays throughout the afternoon; something that could continue into the evening.
Winds will remain strong through sunset before backing-off slightly overnight. Still, sustained winds of 15 to 25 MPH, and gusts to 35 MPH will be possible into Sunday morning before weakening further Sunday evening.
Please call (806) 775-2555 to report LP&L power outages, dial (806) 775-2044 for the latest airport delays, and contact (806) 775-3000 - or if you live in the Lubbock area, dial '311' - to report blocked roadways within the city of Lubbock.
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