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Storm Watch: Storm expected to hit state hard overnight

A powerful cold front will work its way from northeast New Mexico into the central part of the state on Thursday.

View: Interactive Doppler Radar

After a calm morning, storms are expected to fire up across the northern, eastern and central parts of the state throughout the afternoon. Very strong wind should seize the eastern and central parts of the state into the evening.

On Friday, extreme cold will settle across the state while plentiful moisture could cause freezing rain across the eastern part of the state. Heavy snow is also possible Friday across northern, central and western New Mexico.

Saturday night will bring a second wave of moisture, which could blanket the northern half of the state in snow. Some high elevation areas could receive more than a foot through Monday.

The weather should calm down by Tuesday.

Rain could turn into snow by this weekend

Storms are heading into the state starting today into Sunday with a variety of conditions.

View: Interactive Doppler Radar

Models show rain, freezing rain, sleet and large amounts of snow with temperatures dropping 25-35 degrees between Wednesday and Friday. Albuquerque will see periods of strong winds overnight Thursday into Friday and Saturday.

East winds for the metro may inhibit rain or snow from making its way into town on Friday, but there's a good possibility of rain, sleet and snow in surrounding areas.

Watch the full weather forecast in the video above.

Close call on winds for 1st day of Balloon Fiesta

A cold front could bring the first freeze of the season to Albuquerque on Friday night, but the big question on everyone's mind is, "How's the wind for Balloon Fiesta?"

KOB meteorologist Jorge Torres says models show high wind gusts overnight in parts of Quay and Curry County, but Albuquerque and Santa Fe look noticeably clear. Our models show similar conditions around launch time for the Balloon Fiesta opening ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 6:45 a.m.

View: Live Wind Conditions at Balloon Fiesta Field

As of 1 p.m. on Friday, KOB's weather team is expecting a green flag for Balloon Fiesta, which means balloon launches will be good to go with wind speeds around 5-8 mph. Launches will be canceled if winds reach speeds of 10 or more mph.

Disaster declaration for NM July storms, flooding

Flooding in Farmington. -

SANTA FE (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for parts of New Mexico for July storms and flooding.
    
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says that federal disaster aid is being made available to supplement state, local and tribal recovery efforts.
    
The declaration involves areas affected by storms and flooding that occurred July 23-28.
    
According to FEMA, the areas covered by the declaration include Bernalillo, Colfax, Luna, Sandoval, and Socorro counties and the Cochiti, Kewa (Santa Domingo), San Felipe, and Sandia pueblos.
    
FEMA says the aid is for emergency work and the repair and replacement of damaged facilities.
    
It isn't immediately clear how much money is involved.

Total estimates from NM floods may take weeks

The Rio Chama flooded on Wednesday, leaving a dozen homes underwater in northern NM. - Courtesy: DenKira

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Officials say it could be a while before the exact amount of damage from recent heavy rain and flooding in New Mexico will be known.
    
Counties are submitting preliminary flood damage estimates to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as federal officials work to tally their own assessment - a process that may take weeks.
    
New Mexico Homeland Security spokesman Estevan Lujan says bridges, roads and other infrastructure have sustained "extensive damage."
    
In Los Alamos County, officials put the initial flood damage cost at more than $5 million.
    
Meanwhile, state officials are watching rivers and creeks amid isolated thunderstorms that could spark even more flooding.
    

Threat of flash flooding declines in some NM areas

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) -- Forecasters say flash flooding is less likely in much of northern and central New Mexico but that continued rain still keeps that threat alive in some areas, particularly on the eastern plains south of Interstate 40.
 
The National Weather Service says scattered showers and some heavy rainfall are expected to continue through Tuesday and later into the week.
 
Meanwhile, the American Red Cross says it has opened a new shelter in Crownpoint in northwestern New Mexico.
 
That shelter at Crownpoint High School is being used by Navajo Technical University students. They'd been in a temporary shelter because of storm damage to the university campus last week.
 

Flood weary New Mexico keeps eyes on rivers, dams

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Forecasters says there's a potential for flash flooding and river flooding as more rainfall is expected across much of northern and central New Mexico well into late this week.
    
The National Weather Service says the potential for flooding is strongest in areas where the ground is saturated from recent heavy rain and areas burned by wildfires.
    
The forecast for Monday calls for locally moderate to heavy rainfall through evening.
    
The weather service says to expect more of the same through Thursday, with a reduced threat for flooding beginning Friday.

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