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Flash Flood Watch in effect for area through Saturday evening

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By The Staff

The National Weather Service issued the following advisory Saturday morning:

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... CHUSKA MOUNTAINS... FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... NORTHWEST PLATEAU... SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY... SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU.

* UNTIL 10 PM MDT THIS EVENING

* EASTERN PORTION OF DEEP SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE OVER NORTHWEST MEXICO INTO ARIZONA WILL ENCOMPASS THE WESTERN HALF OF THE STATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING. SLOW MOVING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HEAVY RAINFALL WITH SOME POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING. RAINFALL RATES WITH THESE STORMS MAY REACH 1.5 INCHES OR MORE PER HOUR. AREAS NEAR AND WEST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE WILL LIKELY HAVE THE GREATEST RISK OF FLASH FLOODING... WHILE FARTHER EAST IN THE WATCH AREA THE RISK WILL BE MUCH MORE LOCALIZED.

* THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR HEAVY RAINFALL TO AFFECT AREAS THAT HAVE ALREADY EXPERIENCED FLASH FLOODING OVER THE PAST WEEK... INCLUDING LOCALES IN AND AROUND FARMINGTON AND GALLUP. HEAVY RAINFALL MAY CAUSE EXCESSIVE RUNOFF... LEADING TO SUDDEN WATER RISES IN DITCHES... ARROYOS... AND STREAMS. STREETS... UNDERPASSES AND INTERSECTIONS MAY FLOOD.

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. NEVER ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH A FLOODED AREA.