NWS: Wet week incoming

By Emily Crowe

CMI staff writer

ecrowe@cnjonline.com

Recent rain showers in Portales are just the beginning of what’s shaping up to be a wet week.

According to the National Weather Service, Portales received 1.13 inches of rain Sunday and into the early morning hours Monday. It is estimated that the wallop of rain Monday afternoon totaled between 1 and 1.5 inches.

“It does look like we’re going to see an active shower and thunderstorm pattern continue for the bulk of the week,” said NWS forecaster David Craft.

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune A vehicle navigates through a large puddle on the corner of Commercial and Main on Monday.

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
A vehicle navigates through a large puddle on the corner of Commercial and Main on Monday.

Portales Public Works Director John DeSha said the rain flooded roadways and has temporarily shut down road construction downtown on U.S. 70.

“The town doesn’t drain very fast so it’s taking a while for it to drain off,” he said. “As long as it continues to rain, the project will be shut down until it dries back out.”

Brittany Johnson, with Fitness & More on South Avenue A, said the gym experienced a minor power outage Monday afternoon and water up to the curb where patrons park, but business has not been disrupted.

“We have a full gym tonight,” she said. “People must not mind their shoes getting wet or they’re finding a way around it.”

The city is expected to receive isolated showers this afternoon with scattered showers in the evening, Craft said. Wednesday and Thursday are expecting to bring more of the same.

“The storms tend to come by in the evening more than the afternoon,” Craft said.

There is also a slight chance for rain showers and thunderstorms into Friday and Saturday.

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