Flash flood watch in effect for Las Vegas and surrounding areas

Flash flood watch in effect for Las Vegas and surrounding areas

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 13, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch from 5 a.m. to day until midnight.

Heavy rainfall is possible today across the Mojave Desert and portions of the Mojave-Southern Great Basin.

The rain is currently approaching Las Vegas from the south. Current dew points are in the upper 50s. However, the majority of the rain is not expected to begin until later today and will continue tomorrow and possibly Sunday.

High temps for today will be in the low 90s and in the high 80s for tomorrow.

Rainfall amounts of 0.5 to one inch are possible in the watch area. This area includes Las Vegas, Laughlin, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Pahrump, Mesquite, Mount Charleston, Death Valley and Caliente.

A Flash Flood Watch means that if it does rain, water may rise rapidly in normally dry washes, drainage areas and across low water crossings.

If flash flooding does affect your area, residents are advised to seek higher ground immediately. Motorists are also advised not to attempt to cross flooded roadways.

A map of the area under the Flash Flood Watch can be seen here.

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani is the managing editor for PositivelyLV.com and contributes to KTNV.com and NowTrending.com.