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A Large and Slow-Moving Storm System with Thunderstorms and Heavy Rain

A large storm system will slowly track from the south-central U.S. into the East the rest of the week with strong to severe thunderstorms and heavy rain with flooding. Today's threat for severe storms is across Texas toward the Arklatex and heavy rain with flooding from the south-central Plains into the Lower Mississippi Valley. Also, critical fire weather threats are present again in New Mexico. Read More >

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Last Map Update: Tue, May. 24, 2022 at 5:54:01 pm MDT

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National Weather Service Midland/Odessa

Cooler conditions are expected overnight with the passage of a weak backdoor cold front into the Rio Grande Valley. However, smoke remains a concern in areas west of the river or west of the front during the overnight hours. Winds will be from the northwest with speeds up to 25 mph early this evening, then wind speeds decrease to 5 to 15 mph after sunset. Winds become from the east in areas behind the front, mainly east of the Rio Grande.
The main hazard on Tuesday continues to be breezy to windy conditions. West to northwest winds between 15 to 30 mph will be possible during the afternoon hours. This may lead to some isolated areas of blowing dust near dust prone areas in southwestern New Mexico. Also smoke from the fires in the Gila region will affect portions of Sierra and Dona Ana counties as the winds strengthen and become from the northwest. A few thunderstorms may be possible in portions of the Sacramento Mountains during the afternoon hours. Otherwise, the area should be dry. Temperatures will be seasonal with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies.
Breezy northwest winds return Tuesday afternoon along with very dry air and dangerously dry fuels. This will pose a high risk of new fire starts and rapid wildfire spread. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for much of western New Mexico and far west Texas.

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