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Rain, Thunderstorms to Target Texas, New Mexico Into Friday

Localized drenching thunderstorms will develop across New Mexico and western Texas through the end of the week.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson, "As a storm system spins across the Southwest, thunderstorms will impact much of Mexico and western Texas into Friday."

Tropical moisture from the eastern Pacific will continue to be drawn into the storm system and aid in the development of widespread showers and thunderstorms.

This same storm produced areas of heavy rain and flooding to parts of the Southwest earlier in the week, including Las Vegas.

Showers and Gusty Thunderstorms Across Portions of the Southwest

Las Vegas received 0.62 of an inch of rain on Monday. The last time Las Vegas received close to that amount of rain in a single day was back on Aug. 13 when 0.57 of an inch of rain fell.

While the rain will be beneficial in terms of moistening the ground and lowering the risk of wildfires, the storm system by itself will not be enough to impact drought conditions greatly.

"Any thunderstorm can produce flooding, given the region is typically very dry for most of the year," Adamson said.

While the greatest chance for the heaviest rain will fall across the mountains, this water will quickly flow down the mountains and create flash flooding and mudslides in nearby valleys.

Thunderstorms will rumble through cities such as Albuquerque and Roswell, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.

Some thunderstorms could also contain strong winds capable of knocking down trees or power lines and hail.

Any developing thunderstorm could ruin conditions for those in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta that will continue through Oct. 11.

Those heading home from work during the afternoon commutes may have to deal with slippery roadways. Drivers are urged to slow down to prevent the risk of hydroplaning.

Motorists traveling along major highways, such as interstates 10, 25 and 40 should be on the lookout the storms that can bring a sudden drop in visibility by way of downpours and blowing dust.

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Never drive through a flooded roadway. Only a few inches of rushing water can wash away vehicles.

The storm system will slowly track southwestward over Baja California, Mexico, from Thursday into the weekend.

"As the storm system sinks slowly southwestward on Thursday and Friday, thunderstorms will become less numerous across New Mexico and western Texas to end the week."

The threat for any thunderstorms will end this weekend. Favorable conditions are in store for any weekend activities or college football games.