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Flash Flood Watch now extends until Thursday morning

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FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR

* A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA... CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... CHUSKA MOUNTAINS... EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY... ESTANCIA VALLEY... FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY... LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... NORTHWEST PLATEAU... RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA... SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY... SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS... SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS... SANTA FE METRO AREA... SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET... SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY... WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU AND WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

* THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING

* DEEP SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE IN PLACE OVER THE REGION WILL INTERACT WITH AN ATMOSPHERIC DISTURBANCE TO PRODUCE LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. RAINFALL RATES NEAR 2 INCHES PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE WITH THE HEAVIER THUNDERSTORMS... LEADING TO TORRENTIAL RAINFALL AND THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING.

* THE GREATEST THREAT FOR FLASH FLOODING WILL OCCUR BEGINNING THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THE EVENING HOURS. THE THREAT FOR FLASH FLOODING WILL BE GREATEST OVER AREAS THAT HAVE RECEIVED RECENT HEAVY RAINFALL... OVER URBAN WATERSHEDS... AND PARTICULARLY OVER RECENTLY BURNED FORESTS.

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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