Much of eastern new Mexico is under a high and dry wind advisory.
The High Plains could see wind gusts of up to 55 mph today with sustained winds between 25 and 40 mph, according the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.
The advisory, issued for De Baca, Chaves, Roosevelt and Curry Counties, is in effect until 7 p.m.
Drivers are being urged to use extra caution. High winds will likely produce areas of reduced visibility due to blowing dust, the advisory said. Additionally, high-profile vehicles — semis and cars hauling trailers — should be alert to sudden crosswinds.
There is also a red flag fire watch in effect during the advisory period, meaning the high winds and lack of humidity are combining to make for extremely dangerous wildfire conditions.