Continued thunderstorms from the ongoing Southwest Monsoon season will bring more rainfall and increase the flooding threat to areas faced with recent wildfires.
Early thunderstorms on Monday rumbled across Arizona, New Mexico and as far east as Lubbock, Texas. Afternoon and evening rain blew into Colorado and New Mexico.
Drivers on State Road 347 near Maricopa, Arizona, experienced blowing dust on Sunday, reducing visibility on several major highways, including Interstate 10 in south-central Arizona.
Tuesday is forecast to be less conductive, but some areas can expect to see 1 to 3 inches of rain this week.
Flood alerts over New Mexico wildfire burn scars
The threat of flash flooding continues with the season, especially in areas near wildfire burn scars.
After a wildfire, the soil cannot absorb water, and rainfall quickly turns to runoff. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque warns floods and debris flows can happen within minutes after rain begins.
The rest of the week
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Early in the week, 1 inch of rain is forecast over much of the Southwest, with higher amounts in isolated areas, including in Arizona and New Mexico.
By the end of the week, several more inches will fall across the region.
The Southwest monsoon season started June 15 and lasts through Sept. 30.
This season is forecast to be more vigorous than years past, which was welcome for the drought and wildfire plagued areas across the Southwest.
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