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Do not drive vehicles through flooded areas. The water depth and road condition may be unsafe. Additional information is available at https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/ Stay tuned for further updates by listening to NOAA weather radio... or your local radio and TV stations.

Fire Weather Watch

Fire Weather Watch issued May 22 at 1:53AM MDT until May 23 at 8:00PM MDT by NWS Albuquerque NM

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 12PM MDT THROUGH 8PM MDT THURSDAY FOR UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY AND LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY AND EASTERN NEW MEXICO DUE TO GUSTY WEST WINDS, EXTREMELY LOW HUMIDITY AND AN UNSTABLE ATMOSPHERE... .Critical fire weather conditions are possible across the Upper Rio Grande Valley and Lower Chama River Valley and expected across eastern New Mexico Thursday afternoon and evening. Stronger southwest to west winds are expected south of a storm system moving across the northern and central Rockies with gusts up to 40 mph during the afternoon hours. West winds will bring in a drier airmass and allow relative humidity values to quickly plummet into the single digits. In addition, the atmosphere is forecast to be unstable with excellent mixing. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Fire Weather Watch...which is in effect from Thursday afternoon through Thursday evening. * AREA AND TIMING...Upper Rio Grande Valley and Lower Chama River Valley (Zone 121), Northeast Highlands (Zone 123), Central Highlands (Zone 125), Northeast Plains (Zone 104), and East Central Plains (Zone 126) from Thursday 12 PM MDT to 8 PM MDT. * 20 FOOT WINDS...West to southwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts of up to 40 mph Thursday afternoon and evening. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY...Minimum values between 3 to 10 percent Thursday afternoon. * IMPACTS...Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

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Northeast Plains; Upper Rio Grande Valley and Lower Chama River Valley; Northeast Highlands; Central Highlands; East Central Plains

Fire Weather Watch

Fire Weather Watch issued May 22 at 2:39AM CDT until May 23 at 9:00PM CDT by NWS Midland/Odessa TX

...A FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS IN EFFECT THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FOR THE HIGHER TERRAIN AND ADJACENT PLAINS OF WEST TEXAS AND SOUTHEAST NEW MEXICO FOR RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES AS LOW AS 2 PERCENT, 20 FT WINDS GREATER THAN 20 MPH AND EXTREME FIRE DANGER... * TIMING...Thursday afternoon and evening. * WINDS...West 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY...As low as 2 percent. * RFTI...5 to 6 or critical. * IMPACTS...Avoid the use of open flames or any activities that may generate sparks. Accidental ignitions will have the potential to grow into dangerous wind-driven wildfires.

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Area
Sacramento Foothills and Guadalupe Mountains; Chaves County Plains; Eddy Plains; Guadalupe Mountains Above 7000 Feet; Guadalupe and Delaware Mountains; Van Horn and Highway 54 Corridor; Eastern Culberson County

Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement issued May 21 at 2:16PM MDT by NWS El Paso Tx/Santa Teresa NM

* Affected Area...All areas of southwest and south-central New Mexico including the Gila Region and the Sacramento Mountains plus far west Texas. * Timing...1 PM TO 8 PM Thursday * Relative Humidity...3 to 10 percent. * Wind...West to southwest at 15 to 20 mph. These conditions will support the spread of wildfires. Outdoor burning and activities that involve open sparks or flames are discouraged.

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Flood Advisory

Flood Advisory issued May 21 at 8:13AM MDT by NWS Albuquerque NM

...The National Weather Service in Albuquerque NM has issued a Flood Advisory for the following rivers in New Mexico... Rio Chama Below Chamita affecting Rio Arriba County. Rio Chama Below Abiquiu Dam affecting Rio Arriba County. .High mountain snow melt and increased reservoir releases will cause the river flows to become high. Expect minor flooding downstream from the dam. * WHAT...Flooding caused by upstream dam release is expected. * WHERE...Rio Chama below Chamita. * WHEN...From this morning until further notice. * IMPACTS...At 5.5 feet, Bankfull stage. Properties immediately adjacent to the river upstream of the bridge on SR-74 and especially near the junction with the Rio Ojo Caliente may see water encroach onto low lying areas. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS... - At 7:00 AM MDT Tuesday the stage was 5.6 feet. - Bankfull stage is 5.5 feet. - Forecast...The river is expected to remain steady below flood stage at 5.6 feet. - Action stage is 5.5 feet. - Flood stage is 6.0 feet. - http://www.weather.gov/safety/flood

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Area
Rio Arriba, NM

Flood Advisory

Flood Advisory issued May 21 at 8:13AM MDT by NWS Albuquerque NM

...The National Weather Service in Albuquerque NM has issued a Flood Advisory for the following rivers in New Mexico... Rio Chama Below Chamita affecting Rio Arriba County. Rio Chama Below Abiquiu Dam affecting Rio Arriba County. .High mountain snow melt and increased reservoir releases will cause the river flows to become high. Expect minor flooding downstream from the dam. * WHAT...Flooding caused by upstream dam release is expected. * WHERE...Rio Chama Below Abiquiu Dam. * WHEN...From this morning until further notice. * IMPACTS...At 4.8 feet, Bankfull Stage. Approximately 1460 cfs. Houses near Highway 84 along river will see water begin to encroach their yards. Cattle that cross the river at lower flows may be trapped on one side or the other. If flows out of the Rio Ojo Caliente are 550 cfs or higher properties near and below the confluence with the Rio Chama may encroachment of water onto land immediately adjacent to the river along with bank erosion. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS... - At 7:15 AM MDT Tuesday the stage was 4.7 feet. - Bankfull stage is 4.8 feet. - Forecast...The river is expected to remain steady below flood stage at 4.8 feet. - Action stage is 4.8 feet. - Flood stage is 5.4 feet. - http://www.weather.gov/safety/flood

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Area
Rio Arriba, NM
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