WEDNESDAY: Light to moderate rain continues to push northeast across southern NM this morning with stronger storms clearing southeast NM through sunrise. More heavy rain is expected to move in through the later half of the day with the potential of flash flooding highest over the southwestern corner of the state. What is left of now Tropical Storm Newton will cross New Mexico this afternoon into Thursday. This will allow rain chances to peak this afternoon and evening before backing off overnight. Added bonus: temperatures will be much cooler. Expect afternoon highs to top out in the 60s, 70s and 80s – below average for this time of year in most areas.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for west-central, southwest and south-central NM (including the Albuquerque-metro area) through late Wednesday night.
THURSDAY: Drier air punching in on the backside of Newton’s remnants will hurt our rain chances but not rid them completely. Expect spotty to scattered showers to continue over the higher terrain and over the eastern half of NM. Altogether, a much quieter day on tap compared to the past two afternoons. A late week warm up will kick off bringing most of us closer to average.
FRIDAY: Mostly quiet to start the day but an incoming cold front will help revive rain chances late day. Expect a handful of spotty to scattered showers to fire up over the Eastern Plains with a round of strong east canyon winds expected within the ABQ-metro area late Friday into early Saturday morning. Temperatures will stay at to just below average to finish the week before cooler air behind the front fills in for the weekend.