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NWS issues Flash Flood Watch for Tuesday afternoon and evening

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By The Staff

The National Weather Service issued the following weather advisory early Tuesday morning:

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING...

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... CHUSKA MOUNTAINS... FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... NORTHWEST PLATEAU... SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS... WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU.

* FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING

* SLOW MOVING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL ARE EXPECTED TO IMPACT AREAS THAT HAVE ALREADY EXPERIENCED HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLOODING OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS. THIS WILL ESCALATE THE FLASH FLOODING THREAT THIS AFTERNOON AND INTO THE EVENING.

* HEAVY DOWNPOURS MAY CAUSE EXCESSIVE RUNOFF... LEADING TO SUDDEN WATER RISES IN DITCHES... ARROYOS... STREAMS... AND OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS. STREETS... INTERSECTIONS... AND UNDERPASSES NEAR URBAN AREAS MAY FLOOD. LOW LYING AREAS AND ADJACENT STRUCTURES WILL ALSO BE PRONE TO FLASH FLOODING.

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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THE FLASH FLOOD THREAT WILL CONTINUE INTO THIS EVENING FOR THE NORTHWESTERN QUARTER OF NEW MEXICO AS SUFFICIENT MONSOONAL MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY LINGER OVER THE AREA. SEVERAL LOCALES WITHIN THE WATCH AREA HAVE ALREADY EXPERIENCED HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLOODING OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS... AND ANY ADDITIONAL RAINFALL WILL LEAD TO SUDDEN AND EXCESSIVE RUNOFF DUE TO THE SATURATED SOILS IN THESE AREAS. THE POTENTIAL FOR MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL WILL DEVELOP BY EARLY THIS AFTERNOON AND WILL CONTINUE INTO THE LATE EVENING AS SLOW MOVING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IMPACT THE AREA.