FRIDAY: An active start to the day with showers and thunderstorms dropping heavy rain over west-central and southwestern NM this morning. At approximately 6AM, flash flooding had been reported in portions of eastern Grant County – be sure to stay out of flooded out areas. More showers and storms are expected to develop across western and central NM through the afternoon – threats: heavy rain, lightning, gusty winds, etc. Lighter coverage expected further east. Sustained winds out of the east will crank over the Rio Grande Valley through most of the day – sustained speeds 15-25mph / gusts: +30mph. Afternoon temperatures will be significantly cooler across the state with the Albuquerque-metro area likely staying in the upper 50s to low 60s.
SATURDAY: More widespread showers and storms are expected – focusing over western and central NM early and gradually pushing into the Eastern Plains by the afternoon. Best rain coverage will be found east of the Central Mountains. There is the possibility of a few of these storms turning strong to severe over southern and southeastern NM – we’ll keep you updated if that happens. Afternoon temperatures will stay at to just a few degrees above average for this time of year – most topping out in the 50s, 60s and 70s.
SUNDAY: Showers and storms will likely linger near the eastern NM while the remainder of the state dries out. Expect more sunshine and warmer temperatures to finish the weekend.