Much-Needed Rain to Return to West Texas

May 7, 2012; 5:38 AM ET
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Moisture in the form of showers and drenching thunderstorms will return to West Texas early this week, bringing some much-needed rain to areas suffering from drought.

Western Texas continues to suffer from extreme to exceptional drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

El Paso, Texas, has only received 62 percent of their normal rainfall since May of 2011. Similarly, Lubbock has received 38 percent of normal rain while Midland has received 46 percent of normal rain.

The good news is that some relief is on the way, at least temporarily.

A storm system over the northern Rockies will split into two pieces, with one dropping southward into the Four Corners.

This piece of energy will slide eastward early this week, becoming cut-off from the flow over the Southwest.

With a fair amount of cold air aloft, the stage will be set for shower and thunderstorm development across much of western Texas into eastern New Mexico beginning this afternoon.

El Paso, Lubbock, and Midland, Texas, as well as Clovis and Roswell, N.M., will all be in line for heavy, drenching thunderstorms during the middle part of next week.

This picture courtesy the U.S. Drought Monitor shows the extent of the extreme drought over West Texas.

Though the rain is needed, some of the storms will produce heavy enough rainfall to spark instances of flash flooding across this region.

If flash flooding is occurring in front of you, turn around and don't attempt to drive on flooded roadways.

The heaviest rainfall will fall tonight through Tuesday night before the rainfall becomes a little less widespread for Wednesday and Thursday.

Stay tuned to AccuWeather.com as we monitor the potential for heavy rains across western Texas and eastern New Mexico.

Be sure to keep an eye on our severe weather center for any flash flood watches and warnings which may be issued.

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