A flash flood watch was issued at noon today for the Chaves County Plains, southwest Chaves County and parts of north central and eastern New Mexico.
“Numerous strong to severe thunderstorms are likely this afternoon and tonight a backdoor cold front creates persistent upslope flow and an upper-level low pressure system approaches from the west,” according to the flood watch advisory.
The watch will remain in affect through tonight. A flash flood watch means conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.
Very heavy rainfall could cause rises of water levels in dry arroyos, creeks and streams, the advisory states.
Troy Marshall of the National Weather Service said this afternoon that rain and thunderstorms are expected to start during the evening hours.
Roswell is expected to get an inch to an inch and a half of rainfall, while some others are expected to receive an inch to two inches of rain, Marshall said.
He added that wind in some areas could reach 25 to 40 mph and there could be limited visibility where there are thunderstorms.
According to the advisory other counties affected include eastern Lincoln County, as well as De Bacca, Guadalupe and Quay counties. Eastern San Miguel County and the Northeast Highlands are also under flood watch, according to the advisory.