...Flash Flood Watch now in effect through this evening...
The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for
* a portion of north and central New Mexico...including the following areas...Central Highlands...De Baca County...east slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains...eastern Lincoln County... eastern San Miguel County...far northeast Highlands...Guadalupe County...Harding County...northeast Highlands...northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains above 9500 feet/Red River...Quay County... Raton ridge/Johnson Mesa...south central mountains...southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains above 9500 feet...Union County and west slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
* Through this evening
* an upper level disturbance will slowly move eastward across central and northern New Mexico triggering showers and thunderstorms over much of the area. 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.
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.