Flood warning issued for much of the state

A map shows areas that may potentially be impacted by flash flooding on Thursday and Friday (July 22-23).

The National Weather Service and Albuquerque issued a warning of potential flash flooding across central and western New Mexico for Thursday and Friday (July 22-23), with Taos County in the predicted impact zone. The warning remains in effect from 12 p.m. today (Thursday) throughout the night.

The National Weather Service warns an estimated 2 inches of rainfall per hour is possible. The heavy rainfall, along with the combination of slower storm motions may lead to flash flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

“An approaching low pressure system combined with continued above normal moisture will yield numerous showers and thunderstorms across much of central and western New Mexico Thursday afternoon through Thursday night,” read the advisory.

Storms are expected to move toward the southwest area of the state at approximately 5 to 10 miles per hour.

The advisory warns that residents in affected areas should monitor forecasts and be prepared to take possible action to avoid flooding if necessary, particularly those located downstream of wildlife burn scars, or in areas that have recently received heavy rainfall.

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