Flash flooding and severe weather threats tonight

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A storm system will dump off an impressive amount of rain in the eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristos. Flash flooding will be a threat into Tuesday afternoon as snowmelt and rain could overwhelm rivers. Snow will be heavy above 9,500’. Temperatures will easily dip below freezing in the enchanted circle tonight. I think it’s possible we could get some snow to mix into elevations near 8,000’. Meanwhile, thunderstorms near Chaves County could become severe tonight. The cold front makes it to western New Mexico tomorrow giving Silver City and surrounding areas a chance at a thunderstorm. However, the strongest storms Tuesday night will be between Otero and Lea Counties.

Even though a high pressure moves in Wednesday, there will still be spot showers throughout New Mexico, mainly in the mountains. Thursday will be warmer and sunnier. Daytime heating and moisture will lead to a few showers in the northern mountains into the weekend while most of us see clear skies.

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