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Flash Flood Watch continues until 4 a.m. Thursday

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THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... HARDING COUNTY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY... NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... NORTHWEST PLATEAU... RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA... SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET... UNION COUNTY... UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY AND WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

* THROUGH LATE TONIGHT

* AN UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE TROUGH WILL MOVE ACROSS WEST AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO THROUGH THIS EVENING... ACTING ON CONSIDERABLE ATMOSPHERIC MOISTURE TO PRODUCE NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS... SOME WITH HEAVY RAINFALL. A SURFACE FRONT ACROSS NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO WILL PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL FOCUS FOR THUNDERSTORMS WHICH MAY MOVE OVER THE SAME AREA... AMPLIFYING THE FLOODING THREAT. THE STRONGEST STORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF RAINFALL RATES EXCEEDING AN INCH AND A HALF AN HOUR.

* RECENT HEAVY RAINS HAVE SATURATED THE GROUND... ESPECIALLY ACROSS NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO. IN THESE AREAS... LESS RAIN WILL BE NEEDED TO PRODUCE TO FLASH FLOODING. OTHER LOCATIONS THAT WILL BE SENSITIVE TO FLASH FLOODING INCLUDE RECENT WILD FIRE BURN SCARS AND URBAN WATERSHEDS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

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