Flash Flood Watch In Effect Until Midnight

Flash Flood Watch

Flash Flood Watch In Effect Until Midnight

The National Weather Service a Flash Flood Watch for  portions of north and central New Mexico until midnight MDT tonight, including north central New Mexico, Central Highlands, Estancia Valley, Jemez Mountains, Lower Chama River Valley, Middle Rio Grande Valley including the Albuquerque Metro Area, Northwest Highlands, San Juan Mountains, Sandia and Manzano Mountains, Santa Fe Metro Area, Southern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet, West Central Highlands, West Central Mountains, and West Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains. In northeast New Mexico, East Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Far Northeast Highlands, Northeast Highlands, Northern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet including Red River, and Raton Ridge and Johnson Mesa.

The combination of deep moisture, strong instability, weak steering flow, and elevated soil moisture across portions of northern and central New Mexico will increase the flash flood threat through late this evening. The greatest threat for flash flooding will be over burn scars, steep terrain, urban drainages, and over areas that have recently received heavy rainfall.

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.

Impacted Areas:

Northwest Highlands-West Central Mountains-West Central Highlands-San Juan Mountains-Jemez Mountains-West Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-Northern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet/Red River-Southern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet-East Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-Lower Chama River Valley-Santa Fe Metro Area-Middle Rio Grande Valley/Albuquerque Metro Area-Sandia/Manzano Mountains-Estancia Valley-Central Highlands-Raton Ridge/Johnson Mesa-Far Northeast Highlands-Northeast Highlands


Hazardous Weather Outlook Update

This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of north and central New Mexico.

Day One…This Afternoon and Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall over much of northern and central New Mexico will elevate the flash flood threat today and tonight, especially over burn scars, steep terrain, urban drainages, and in areas where recent heavy rain has fallen. Storm motions will be slow and erratic with rainfall rates over 2 inches per hour.

Days Two Through Seven…Wednesday through Monday

Showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall will continue to impact much of northern and central New Mexico from Wednesday through the weekend. The potential for flash flooding will increase with each day of heavy rainfall, particularly over burn scars, steep terrain, urban drainages, and areas that receive additional heavy rainfall. Storm motions will gradually become more south to north then southwest to northeast through the week. Rainfall rates over 2 inches per hour are expected.

Spotter Information Statement…

Spotters are encouraged to report flooding, strong winds, and hail through the National Weather Service Albuquerque web site at weather.gov/abq or by calling 1.888.386.7637. You can also submit storm reports and photos on our Facebook page or via Twitter using the hashtag nmwx.

Impacted Areas

Northwest Plateau-Chuska Mountains-Far Northwest Highlands-Northwest Highlands-West Central Plateau-West Central Mountains-West Central Highlands-Southwest Mountains-San Francisco River Valley-San Juan Mountains-Jemez Mountains-West Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-Northern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet/Red River-Southern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet-East Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-Upper Rio Grande Valley-Lower Chama River Valley-Santa Fe Metro Area-Middle Rio Grande Valley/Albuquerque Metro Area-Lower Rio Grande Valley-Sandia/Manzano Mountains-Estancia Valley-Central Highlands-South Central Highlands-Upper Tularosa Valley-South Central Mountains-Raton Ridge/Johnson Mesa-Far Northeast Highlands-Northeast Highlands-Union County-Harding County-Eastern San Miguel County-Guadalupe County-Quay County-Curry County-Roosevelt County-De Baca County-Chaves County Plains-Eastern Lincoln County-Southwest Chaves County