By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor
With numerous snowfalls under their belts already, another storm on Valentine’s Day was anything but sweet for Roosevelt County residents.
Snow began falling Tuesday night and continued to fall off-and-on all day Wednesday. Extremely cold temperatures Wednesday made for slick roads late in the day.
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reported 1.4 inches of snow fell by 8 a.m. Tuesday in the Clovis/Portales area. The snowfall reached approximately 2.5 inches by evening. Forecasts called for an additional 1 to 3 inches overnight and this morning.
“Between 4 and about 5:30 p.m., we had four or five accidents,” Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said about 6 p.m. Wednesday. “The sand trucks are out now, but with the snow coming down now it’s hard to stay ahead of it.”
Berry said the accidents were all minor, though ambulance crews had been called out to check on a few people.
Portales Police were expecting a busy night, and Berry said extra officers had been called in to deal with the problems arising from the weather.
The snow and slick roads had done little to dampen Valentine’s Day business.
Sadie Tapia, manager and cashier at El Rancho restaurant, said business was good about 6 p.m. Wednesday.
“We’re doing great,” Tapia said. “We’ve got a full house right now. So far it’s been pretty steady.”
Over at Hestand Floral, Trish Lovorn said she had been swamped and couldn’t see that the snow had slowed down her usual Valentine business. She said deliveries were so busy they finally cut them off at 4 p.m. But walk-in business was good all day.
“I thought the snow might keep people at home but it didn’t,” Lovorn said. “I guess you’ve got to get that sweetie covered on Valentine’s.”
Clovis police reported by mid-afternoon there had been 33 motor vehicle accidents in the area with six people transported by ambulance to the hospital, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department.