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Flash Flood Watch from Noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA... SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS AND WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

* FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING

* SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP IN A MOIST AND UNSTABLE AIR MASS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. HEAVY RAINFALL... WITH RATES OF ONE HALF TO 1.5 INCHES AND HOUR... IS POSSIBLE FROM THE STRONGER STORMS.

* FLASH FLOODING AND DEBRIS FLOWS WILL BE A PARTICULAR CONCERN WITH RAINFALL RATES OF THIS MAGNITUDE ON RECENT BURN SCARS. THIS INCLUDES THE WALLOW... MILLER... LAS CONCHAS... PACHECO... OSHA AND TRACK BURN SCARS. THE DONALDSON AND WHITE BURN SCARS ARE ALSO INCLUDED IN THIS WATCH BUT THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY RAINS WHICH COULD LEAR TO FLOODING IS NOT AS QUITE AS GREAT FOR THESE AREAS.

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.