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WEATHER ALERT!Flash Flood Watch for the area through Monday evening

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By The Staff

The National Weather Service issued the following wether advisory Monday:

FLASH FLOOD WATCH 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... 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 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 THIS EVENING

* DEEP SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE IN PLACE OVER CENTRAL AND WESTERN NEW MEXICO WILL COMBINE WITH A SLOW MOVING UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE TO PRODUCE NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH LATE THIS EVENING. SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS WILL CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR TORRENTIAL RAINFALL MAINLY ALONG AND WEST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN. RAINFALL RATES WITH SOME OF THESE STORMS MAY APPROACH 2 INCHES PER HOUR.

* HEAVY RAINFALL MAY CAUSE EXCESSIVE RUNOFF... LEADING TO SUDDEN WATER RISES IN DITCHES... ARROYOS... AND STREAMS. STREETS... UNDERPASSES AND INTERSECTIONS MAY BECOME FLOODED.

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.