Another flash flood warning issued

Image from the aftermath of a July 5 mud slide in hte canyon between Red River and Questa. (Courtesy Photo / Red River Marshal’s Office)
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a hazardous weather outlook is for portions of north and central New Mexico. At 1:19 p.m. MDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Questa, moving southwest at 20 mph. Heavy rain will be likely with this storm and dime-size hail and wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible. Locations impacted include Questa, Red River, Taos Ski Valley, Lama and Cerro.

Watch for accumulations of small hail on roads that can create very slick and hazardous driving conditions, including on State Roads 38 and 522.

DAY ONE… Today and Tonight

Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are forecast today into the evening. Storm motions will be slow and rainfall could become locally heavy. This may lead to localized areas of flash flooding, especially over and near recent burn scars. Isolated locations may receive up to 1.25 inches of rainfall. A few storms may also produce small hail and wind gusts to 50 mph.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN… Monday through Saturday

After two mainly down days Monday and Tuesday, scattered thunderstorms will return Wednesday through next weekend. Storm motions will be slow and rainfall could become heavy. This may lead to localized areas of flash flooding, especially over and near recent and older burn scars. Isolated locations may receive up to 2 inches of rainfall. A few storms may also produce small hail and wind gusts to 50 mph.

Flash flood watch warning noon–evening today