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Snow results in minor accidents, delays

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Joe Salazar rakes the snow from his driveway early Monday morning on Clovis’ Timothy Street. He said he always makes sure to clean up the driveway and around the area when it snows to make it safe for him and his family to move around. National Weather Service reported Clovis had 1.5 inches of snowfall on Sunday.

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Clovis emergency responders dealt with about two dozen automobile accidents on Sunday, but there were no serious injuries, officials said.

The forecast for the next few days calls for mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the mid-40s to mid-50s.

The season’s first significant snowfall — 2 inches in places on Sunday — delayed school and some business openings on Monday, but the weather did little more than inconvenience area residents.

The most drama in the region came Sunday morning when a tractor-trailer rig went off U.S. 54 near the Texas-New Mexico line and dangled over a bridge.

The highway was closed about five hours, but Texas Highway Patrol spokesperson Chris Ray said there were no injuries in that one-vehicle wreck.

There was only one “very minor” crash in Quay County on Sunday, according to New Mexico State Police Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez, and there were no accidents on state or federal highways in Curry or Roosevelt counties.

“A large majority of what we had was in Guadalupe County,” he said.

In Clovis, police Sgt. Daron Roach said there were 20 accidents on Sunday due to slick roads, but no serious injuries. On Curry County roads, there were four crashes, two of which involved minor injuries, County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said.

Portales police said they responded to eight traffic accidents on Sunday with no serious injuries.

Low temperatures early Monday ranged from 9 degrees in Clovis to 0 in Muleshoe, according to National Weather Service reports.

Area snowfall totals:

Clovis: 1.5 inches

Logan: 2.3 inches

Portales: 1 inch

Tucumcari: 2.2 inches

Source: National Weather Service