Snow sends schools to remote learning


Last updated 1/24/2023 at 11:35am

Most area roads were open Tuesday morning, including the loop around Farwell, but officials urged caution after overnight snowfall totals of 6 inches or more.

Clovis and Portales schools were among those planning to hold classes remotely Tuesday as the region awoke to snow-covered roads.

Most of the area saw 4 to 7 inches of snow by 7 a.m. Tuesday. Forecasters said the moisture would likely continue until mid-day with high temperatures reaching into the 30s.

Emergency Management Director for Clovis and Curry County, Dan Heerding said area road crews are "working diligently" to clear roads.

"The ground was warm so it's a slushy, heavy snow," Heerding said. "The sun is coming out so that will help."

Regarding accidents, Heerding said he heard of a couple of "fender benders" on U.S. 70 between Clovis and Portales.

"Our citizens are doing their due diligence and that's nice," Heerding said.

In a news release from the Clovis City Manager's office, it's reported City of Clovis crews have been de-icing and salting/sanding streets following the city's snow and ice response plan this morning.

"Clovis Area Transit Service (CATS) is running as usual but is asking the public to please be patient due to potential delays caused by residential road conditions," according to the release.

The release details city closures, delays and regular operations: The Hillcrest Park Zoo and Aquatic Center will be temporarily closed. The City of Clovis Senior Center is open, but scheduled activities will be canceled Tuesday. The Clovis-Carver Public Library will be open for normal business hours.

The Clovis Regional Airport is working to clear the runways, passengers can check their flight status and potential delays by calling (866) 373-8513.

Correspondent photo by Kristin Shillingburg

Portales area rural postal carrier Mason Thomas clearing off his vehicle Tuesday morning.

The news release also noted, "The City of Clovis received 4 to 6 inches of snow in the last 12 hours. City crews have been out the entire time plowing and salt/sanding the major roadways to keep them passable and safe. If you must drive, please do so with caution, take it slow and give our crews lots of space to work."

Other schools closed or under remote learning include:

Bovina, Clovis Community College, Farwell, Muleshoe.

Two-hour delays include: Curry County offices, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales Area Transit.

Roosevelt County offices are closed Tuesday.


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