PNT Staff Report
A strong winter storm was creeping toward New Mexico Thursday and is expected to bring heavy snow and cold temperatures to the eastern New Mexico area through the weekend.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning from noon today and last through 5 p.m. Saturday for Roosevelt and Curry counties. Forecasts called for 6 to 12 inches of snow in the east-central area of the state with winds causing blowing and drifting snow becoming a problem on Saturday.
A news release from the Portales Police Department urged residents to prepare for possible heavy snowfall.
According to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the PPD, those preparations should include stocking up on food and fuel and making sure prescription medications are adequate to get residents through the weekend.
“We’re hoping all our residents will prepare for the upcoming potential severe winter storm,” Berry said.
The system that’s supposed to bring out the snow plows and ice melt across much of New Mexico between now and Sunday was momentarily in a holding pattern Thursday afternoon.
“The storm center has been stalled out in northern Baja California,” said Albuquerque meteorologist Ken Drozd.
Snow began falling over the southwestern portion of the state late Thursday, and the National Weather Service said the snow would likely move northward Friday, eventually reaching the Colorado border.
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