Gusty storms to threaten southwestern US with localized flooding

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By Faith Eherts for AccuWeather.com

Parts of the southwestern United States will have rounds of potentially flooding rain into Saturday.

"A storm swirling over the Southwest will send a stream of moisture into West Texas, New Mexico and eastern Arizona into Saturday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff said.

Localized flash flooding can be expected throughout much of southern New Mexico as conditions favorable for thunderstorm development expand westward on Friday.

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Vehicles are stuck on a road after being trapped by a mudslide on California Highway 58 in Mojave, California on October 16, 2015, after torrential rains swamped the area and forced drivers and passengers to flee on foot. 75 tractor-trailers and two tour buses were among the 115 vehicles caught up in the disaster. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Vehicles are stuck on a road after being trapped by a mudslide on California Highway 58 in Mojave, California on October 16, 2015, after torrential rains swamped the area and forced drivers and passengers to flee on foot. 75 tractor-trailers and two tour buses were among the 115 vehicles caught up in the disaster. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
A kayak used to get out of a mudslide is seen near vehicles still stuck on a road on California Highway 58 in Mojave, California on October 16, 2015, after torrential rains swamped the area and forced drivers and passengers to flee on foot. 75 tractor-trailers and two tour buses were among the 115 vehicles caught up in the disaster. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Police cars drive past vehicles that are stuck on a road after being trapped by a mudslide on California Highway 58 in Mojave, California on October 16, 2015, after torrential rains swamped the area and forced drivers and passengers to flee on foot. 75 tractor-trailers and two tour buses were among the estimated 115 vehicles caught up in the disaster. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Vehicles are stuck on a road after being trapped by a mudslide on California Highway 58 in Mojave, California on October 16, 2015, after torrential rains swamped the area and forced drivers and passengers to flee on foot. 75 tractor-trailers and two tour buses were among the estimated 115 vehicles caught up in the disaster. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
FORT TEJON, CA - OCTOBER 16: Cal Trans crews work to clear mud, boulders and debris Friday morning, October 16, 2015, from the Southbound lanes of the I-5 freeway in the Grapevine after a heavy rain on Thursday closed the highway. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
FORT TEJON, CA - OCTOBER 16: Cal Trans crews work to clear mud, boulders and debris Friday morning, October 16, 2015, from the Southbound lanes of the I-5 freeway in the Grapevine after a heavy rain on Thursday closed the highway. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
FORT TEJON, CA - OCTOBER 16: Cal Trans crews work to clear mud, boulders and debris Friday morning, October 16, 2015, from the Southbound lanes of the I-5 freeway in the Grapevine after a heavy rain on Thursday closed the highway. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
FORT TEJON, CA - OCTOBER 16: Cal Trans crews work to clear mud, boulders and debris Friday morning, October 16, 2015, from the Southbound lanes of the I-5 freeway in the Grapevine after a heavy rain on Thursday closed the highway. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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"Areas under the most persistent downpours could quickly pick up an inch or two of rain in a short amount of time," Duff said.

This could lead to localized flash flooding.

While most areas will receive a "beneficial soaking rain," Duff said, "small streams and dry washes (arroyos) could quickly spill over their banks and flood neighboring roads and lands."

Motorists should avoid driving through flooded roadways and be cautious of washed-out roads.

Midland, Texas; and Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico, are some of the cities that could be affected by several rounds of rain over the next few days.

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Flooding will not be the lone threat from this storm.

"A few of the thunderstorms that pop up across the region could be strong, with hail and gusty winds being the primary threat," Duff said.

Even in the absence of thunderstorms, wind could gusts upwards of 40 mph. Winds this strong can kick up dust and drastically reduce visibility on the roadway.

While showers and storms are forecast to continue through the weekend, the threat of drenching rainfall is expected to diminish greatly after Friday.

Dry weather is anticipated to return for much of the Southwest by Sunday, although wet weather will shift farther eastward in Texas through the upcoming week.

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