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Flash flood watch until 6 a.m. Saturday

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.. 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... ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA... CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY... ESTANCIA VALLEY... FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... GUADALUPE COUNTY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY... LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... 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 MOUNTAINS... UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... UPPER TULAROSA VALLEY... WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

* THROUGH LATE TONIGHT

* ABUNDANT MOISTURE IS IN PLACE OVER MUCH OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... AND A WEAK DISTURBANCE ALOFT WILL BE ENTERING NORTHERN PARTS OF THE STATE LATER TODAY. IN ADDITION... STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE VERY SLOWLY TODAY AND TONIGHT... AND THIS SCENARIO WILL LEAD TO A HEIGHTENED RISK FOR FLASH FLOODING. WITH ABUNDANT MOISTURE IN PLACE SOME OF THE STRONGER STORMS WILL LIKELY PRODUCE TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS WITH RAIN AT RATES NEAR 1 INCH IN JUST A HALF HOUR.

* LOCATIONS WHERE THE GROUND IS ALREADY SATURATED FROM RECENT RAINFALL WILL BE FAVORED FOR FLASH FLOODING. OTHER VULNERABLE LOCATIONS WILL INCLUDE STEEP TERRAIN... URBAN AREAS AND BURN SCARS. KEEP A WATCHFUL EYE ON ARROYOS AND SMALL STREAMS... AND STAY OUT OF FLOODED LOW WATER CROSSINGS. MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS CLOSELY AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION IF A WARNING OR ADVISORY IS ISSUED.

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.