Heavy rain hits parts of New Mexico

The National Weather Service says New Mexico is now in the most active period of the monsoon and that heavy rain is expected in the southeast as slow-moving thunderstorms rumble across the state.

A flash-flood watch was in effect for much of eastern New Mexico through late Monday night.

Forecasters say the weather apparently was most active in areas near and south of Interstate 40 late Monday afternoon and into Monday night.

Heavy rain is expected in parts of eastern New Mexico that received heavy rainfall Sunday before a drying trend is evident Tuesday and Wednesday.

The weather service’s Albuquerque reports dozens of locations reported at least 1 inch of rain Sunday, including over 3 inches northwest and southwest of Portales.

The National Weather Service said Showers and thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall will continue to impact the region through the early morning hours. Saturated soils in these areas from heavy rainfall the past few days will lead to
increased runoff.

* Heavy downpours will lead to ponding of water in low lying areas and abrupt and excessive water runoff near steeper terrain.

Normally dry creeks, arroyos, low water crossings, and river beds could turn to raging torrents during flash flooding episodes. Road closures will be possible.

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