Snow causes slick roads

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico

Sunday night’s snow brought slick roads by Monday morning, contributing to a few accidents and some school delays and closures.

The winter storm stretched from the southwest to the northeast over New Mexico, bringing snow and gusty north winds to the eastern half of the state as it headed into Texas. Most of southeastern New Mexico was under a winter storm warning until noon Monday.

Capt. Rick Short with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department said four accidents were reported this morning. Two rollovers occurred on U.S. 70. One person was injured in one of the accidents and two were injured in the other, he said.

Another accident also occurred on U.S. 70 without injuries. And there was an accident on N.M. 206, also without injuries, Short said.
Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department said there were “no significant accidents in town.”

He said there were not any major power outages either.

Wes Reeves, spokesperson for Xcel Energy, said there were some “individual, sporadic outages” in Roosevelt County, but nothing widespread.

Portales schools were open as usual, but House, Dora, Elida and Floyd operated on a two-hour delay.

Cannon Air Force Base also opened two hours late.

Clovis and Texico schools were closed for the day.

The National Weather Service predicts warmer temperatures today. However, the warming trend also will bring breezy to windy conditions to parts of central and eastern New Mexico this afternoon.

An incoming storm system will deliver another round of cooler temperatures and brisk winds Tuesday night and Wednesday, with precipitation over the north and east.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.