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Flood, Flash Flood Warnings For Eastern New Mexico

UPDATE 10/21 5a: Much of New Mexico east of the central mountain chain is under a flood or flash flood watch today. The National Weather Service says storms may produce 1 inch of rain per hour and some hail may clog drainages, exacerbating flooding.

Areas where soil is already saturated, burn scars from wildfires, steep areas and low areas are at the most risk for flooding today.

The warnings are in effect until late tonight. 

There's also a winter weather advisory for the high elevations of the northern mountains with 4 to 8 inches of snow likely in Taos, 5 to 9 inches in Eagle Nest throughout the day and overnight.


A large storm is making its way across New Mexico this afternoon. 

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for much of the state until 9p tonight. There was also a severe thunderstorm watch until 3 or 3:15 in places like Rio Rancho, Los Alamos and Belen. Large hail that would likely damage vehicles and winds gusting to 60 mph were predicted. 

Find more about the forecast in your community here

Elaine Baumgartel was KUNM's News Director from 2013 to 2019. She was local Morning Edition host from 2007 through 2012 and she regularly hosted the station's live news and public affairs show for some years. Elaine originally came on board at KUNM as a volunteer and student employee in 2003.