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Snow blankets area again


February 12, 2020

Kevin Wilson

The geese were the only occupants of Greene Acres Park on Tuesday morning as an early morning snowstorm battered the area and led to the closure of schools and closure or delay of many public offices.

The Farmers' Almanac predicted this winter would be "filled with so many ups and downs on the thermometer, it may remind you of a 'Polar Coaster.'"

Welcome to the exciting portion of our seasonal ride.

After a mild beginning, the High Plains experienced its second icy blast in two weeks on Tuesday.

Area residents awoke to several inches of snow, which closed schools and slowed traffic across eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle.

Texico had received about 3 inches of snow by noon, the National Weather Service reported. Portales had about 2 inches and Clovis 1 inch.

First responders reported few auto accidents, but temperatures dived into the low 20s and teens, where they were expected to remain for the next several nights.

Snow began falling after midnight Tuesday and while it had mostly stopped by daylight, forecasters warned more moisture was possible Tuesday evening.

A winter storm warning remained in effect for all of eastern New Mexico late Tuesday, with areas expecting "moderate to heavy snow" and slippery road conditions.

Today's forecast called for freezing fog before 8 a.m., but then mostly sunny with highs in the low 40s.

Temperatures were expected to warm to near 60 degrees by this weekend with little chance of moisture after today.


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