Winds in excess of 50 miles per hour battered Roswell Thursday. A wind advisory was in effect until midnight. Cars rocked continuously in parking lots. Lights at the Wool Bowl girlsâ€™ baseball diamond canted under the buffeting. In some places visibility was limited. The high winds caused power outages around the city.
According to the National Weather Service, the excessive winds preceded a strong cold front coming from the west. At the Roswell International Air Center, sustained winds were recorded at 30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 54 miles per hour. Temperatures Thursday night were expected to plummet to the low 20s. Rain in the evening was expected to create slick roads. Areas from Albuquerque down to eastern Lincoln County are under a winter weather advisory. In the mountains, single-digit temperatures are predicted.