Local snow no comparison to national weather

Michelle Seeber

While the Midwest and East Coast were bombarded with deadly winter weather the past two days, Clovis and Portales residents awoke Monday to much weaker brand of snowfall.
Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department said the snowy weather, which brought little precipitation, didn’t adversely affect motorists.
“There were four accidents Monday morning, none of them weather-related,” Whitney said. “Just minor damage.”
Senior Airman Stephen Kovach of Cannon Air Force Base said about a quarter of an inch of snow was reported in his area.
“It didn’t slow anything down,” he said.
The Clovis area last received snowfall on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21.
“The last time it snowed, the area reported only .19 inches of precipitation,” Meteorologist Jeff Michalski of the National Weather Service said.
The Portales area received slightly less snow than the Clovis area with .01 inches, Michalski said.
A high of 51 degrees is expected for today with a low of 23 degrees tonight. A high of 56 degrees is expected Wednesday with no probability of precipitation, according to the weather service.
In the eastern half of the nation a pair of storms spread snow, sleet and freezing rain that glazed highways with treacherous ice as far south as Georgia.
The weather was blamed for at least 32 traffic deaths and one sledding fatality on Sunday and Monday.
The heaviest snowfall was 23 inches at Duluth, Minn., as moist air swept inland from Lake Superior.
Schools were closed from Nebraska and Missouri to the Carolinas and northern Georgia. Businesses and government offices were closed in North and South Carolina and in Virginia.
Delta Airlines delayed or canceled some 300 flights Monday out of Atlanta because of the weather in the Midwest and East.
One of the two storms scattered snow Monday along an arc from the western Plains to Minnesota and Wisconsin, then eastward across the Great Lakes into Pennsylvania and New York. Snow is likely in parts of the Northeast today.
The other storm spread snow and ice on Sunday from Kansas east to Maryland, Virginia and the Carolinas. ‘‘Central Missouri is pretty much frozen up today,’’ said Jim Morris, spokesman for the Missouri Education Department.
The Washington, D.C., area got up to 7 inches of snow, its heaviest snowfall of the season.
Ice brought down tree branches and power lines, knocking out electricity to thousands of customers throughout the region.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.