White Sands Missile Range early release due to high winds

    White Sands Missile Range

    White Sands Missile Range announced it will release staff early Wednesday due to weather.

    High winds are expected to hit White Sands Missile Range in the afternoon.

    The installation will be closed at 11 a.m.

    All non-essential personnel will be released at 11 a.m.

    All workers are asked to drive safely on their way home.

    The WSMR Weather Forecast Office reports overnight gusts of 60-70 mph on main post and major range access roads to WSMR's norther facilities.

    Observation posts at WSMR Space Harbor and the San Augustin pass reported overnight gusts peaking at 75 mph. The WSMR forecast office is expecting winds to get worse later Wednesday, with winds in San Augustin Pass expected to reach speeds around 100 mph. The forecast office is expecting the winds to reach their worst between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. WSMR leadership considers the safety of its workforce to be a priority and encourages all personnel to be aware of the driving conditions and exercise caution on their drive home and for the rest of the day.

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