Northwest Highlands Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Special Statement
Statement as of 3:58 PM MDT on September 15, 2014

...Remnants of Hurricane Odile poses serious flash flood concerns...

Moisture has been increasing slowly over New Mexico...leading to isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms today. A few strong storms this evening could lead to locally heavy downpours and some flooding. Into Tuesday the moisture is expected to increase more over southwestern and south central New Mexico. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for portions of southwestern New Mexico on Tuesday to account for potentially slow-moving storms and locally heavy rain.

Powerful Hurricane Odile is currently spinning over the Gulf of California...and it is forecast to track north to northeast through Tuesday. The storm will weaken considerably...but will still turn into southeastern Arizona Wednesday and then over New Mexico Thursday. While Odile will lose its hurricane status by the time it arrives in the land of enchantment...there is expected to be plenty of deep tropical moisture associated with it.

While the bulk of the heavy rainfall is again expected over the southwestern and south central mountains of New Mexico on Wednesday...rain chances will quickly rise and become more widespread by Thursday and Thursday night. Some of this rain will be heavy... creating concerns for flash flooding...especially in central to western New Mexico.

Forecasting hurricanes and their remnants is extremely challenging... and some uncertainty still exists in the forecast. Northern and central New Mexico residents...along with those planning travel or outdoor activities in the area...should stay up to date with current forecasts and statements. Forecasts are updated at least twice daily at weather.Gov/abq. You can also tune in to NOAA Weather Radio or stay informed with your preferred broadcast...print...or internet weather information source.