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Storm could drop 3-6 inches of snow


Last updated 2/12/2021 at 11:08am

A winter storm watch is in effect across eastern New Mexico from late Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening. And temperatures late Friday morning were already among the coldest this season.

National Weather Service officials said they expect snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches by Sunday afternoon with travel “difficult to dangerous.”

Temperatures across the region were in the high teens late Friday morning with highs expected in the 20s. Friday night lows were expected in the lower teens.

On Saturday, NWS predicted freezing fog in the morning with a high of 29 before snow begins to fall around 11 p.m.

Sunday will see blowing snow, a high near 11 degrees and wind-chill factors well below zero.

“Cold wind chills as low as 20 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes,” NWS warned on its website.

Snow is expected to clear out Sunday, but freezing temperatures will remain early into next week. Monday’s high is expected to be around 18 degrees with a low of 8. Tuesday will be partly sunny with a high of 39, NWS forecasts, but there is a 30 percent chance of more snow Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Prior to this weekend, the season’s low temperature was recorded at 9 degrees on Dec. 31 and Jan. 12 by the Agriculture Science Center north of Clovis. The season’s lowest high temperature before this weekend was 25 degrees on Oct. 27.

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