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Flash flood watch until 9 p.m. Tuesday

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... FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS AND UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY.

* THROUGH THIS EVENING

* AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL SLOWLY MOVE EASTWARD ACROSS NORTHERN NEW MEXICO TRIGGERING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS OVER MUCH OF NORTHWEST AND NORTH-CENTRAL NEW MEXICO. WEAK STEERING FLOW ALOFT COMBINED WITH A VERY MOIST AIRMASS IN PLACE... WILL RESULT IN SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS THAT WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAIN AND FLASH FLOODING.

* 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.

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