ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Eastern New Mexico will see significant rainfall Monday night and Tuesday morning, thanks to moisture from tropical storm Narda that is moving up the west coast of Mexico.
“The rain is really needed, but unfortunately it may be too much in a short period of time,” said Clay Anderson with the National Weather Service of Albuquerque.
Anderson said the storm could bring as much as 2-4 inches of rain to the eastern part of the state from now until Tuesday night.
“There is a flash flooding concern,” he said. “The water has to go somewhere, and eventually it will work its way into the Pecos River, so don’t be surprised if you see river flood warnings tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.”
A flash flood watch has been issued for the following counties: Lincoln, Curry, De Baca, Guadalupe, Quay, Roosevelt, Chaves, Lea and Eddy.
Anderson said Carlsbad and Roswell should see a “big swath of heavy rain” starting after midnight.
Andy Church with the National Weather Service of Albuquerque said the best chances for rain in this storm system are east of I-25. Albuquerque has a 25% chance of rain Monday night.
“On Tuesday, we’ll still see heavy rainfall near the New Mexico-Texas line,” Church said. “The Pecos will rise to near-flood stages in certain locations, but dry air will take over on Wednesday.”
A backdoor front on Thursday will cool off central and eastern New Mexico, with Albuquerque expected to have a high of 69 degrees. Meteorologists expect Albuquerque to be dry over the weekend with near-normal temperatures.
“It should be a beautiful first day for Balloon Fiesta, although we may see some wind on Sunday afternoon,” Church said.