Parade lights up Portales square

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cold weather didn’t dim the lights or stop the crowd at the Live on the Square Portales Christmas celebration Friday night. The night included live music, living window displays, downtown businesses open late, and, of course, the Christmas Jubilee Lights Parade and crowning of the new Little Miss Merry […]

Expect strange weather mix

Expect a real mix of weather Tuesday. Most of eastern New Mexico awoke to frost, then sunshine and then snow. The National Weather Service says through late morning a cold front will continue to cross the south central mountains and southeast plains with a quick burst of wind… heavy snow and even a few thunderstorms. […]

Handful of accidents reported in Portales

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By Sharna Johnson and Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Clovis police responded to 35 weather-related crashes in the city Thursday in a little more than two hours. Capt. Patrick Whitney said the accident calls started coming in just after 7 a.m. and continued until nearly 10 a.m. Of the morning crashes, only one had a […]

Officials expect 1-3 inches of snow this afternoon

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow in Curry County. Officials said snow will develop this morning and continue throughout the afternoon. One to 3 inches of snow is expected, mainly over the southern portion of Curry County, NWS reported. Officials urged travelers to expect snow-covered roads and limited visibility.

Weather precautions in place

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Many residents of Clovis and Portales will have their eyes peeled on the weather, either through looking at the conditions directly or through updates via various media, as a cold front is expected to move through eastern New Mexico on Tuesday. That’s also true for Curry and Roosevelt County […]

Weather service posts freeze warning

Freedom New Mexico Baby, it’s cold outside. Unseasonably cold, according to the National Weather Service, which posted a freeze warning from 9 p.m. Saturday night until 10 a.m. today for Curry and Roosevelt counties. Temperatures overnight were expected to bottom out at 29 degrees. But the wind chill from strong northeast winds of 20 to […]

Church fiesta attendees brave chilly weather

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The chilly October air kept some of the crowd from the St. Helen Catholic Church Fiesta on Saturday. But brave souls who ventured out got a chance at plenty of food, games, rides and music for the fiesta. Today is the fiesta’s final day. “It started off slow this […]

Hounds, Hardin Simmons play to weather-shortened tie

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University and Hardin Simmons played to a 1-1 tie in men’s soccer on Tuesday, withthe match cut short by lightning and looming darkness early in the first overtime. Trailing 1-0, the Greyhounds (7-3-2) pulled even when junior foward Emerson Rodrigues scored nearly 18 minutes into the […]

Heat-related athlete deaths serious matter

Freedom New Mexico A sure sign of the approach of football season is the sweltering heat we are now experiencing. No matter how mild the weather is in late July, once players put on the pads in August, the temperatures seem to rise. Such weather needs to bring about heightened concerns of players suffering from […]

Area under severe thunderstorm watch

Freedom New Mexico Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca and Quay counties are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m. (MDT) Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

Awareness week focuses on severe weather

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Thunder crashes, the wind rages and hailstones fall. What do you do? With severe thunderstorm season just beginning in eastern New Mexico, the area could experience high winds, hail, flooding, lightning strikes and sometimes tornadoes. Jesus A. Haro, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said […]

Severe weather training set

Freedom New Mexico The National Weather Service is scheduled to conduct a free training for people who want to volunteer to call in severe weather. The 2 1/2- to three-hour training is set to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Building. Instructors are expected to teach attendees to spot severe weather and alert […]

Fighters fill Golden Gloves cards despite weather

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By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Weather was naturally a concern as boxers from around the state gathered for the 61st annual New Mexico Golden Gloves championships on Friday. But the fighters did come to Clovis, in numbers that will warrant title bouts in all 11 weight divisions on Sunday — not a usual occurrence in […]

Winter weather hits area

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Freedom New Mexico Much of eastern New Mexico was expected to receive “significant snowfall” through Saturday morning, according to a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. It is the first significant snowfall for the year in what has been a dry, warm winter. Snow began falling steadily in Clovis around […]

Officials stress high fire danger

By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson With wind, dry conditions and warm weather, the area’s wildfire danger is high, fire officials say. “There is a great chance, if everybody is not careful, that we could have a big grassfire again,” Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said. Rangeland has a lot of grass from […]

Winter driving key: Slow down

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico he key to traveling safely in a winter weather is slowing down. New Mexico State Police Sgt. Clint Varnell said drivers don’t realize that slick roads require they leave more space between themselves and other drivers on the road. “It is extremely important to slow down. Giving yourself more […]

Pipes, pets need extra care in cold weather

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer With the National Weather Service forecasting temperatures below freezing the next several nights in Portales and Clovis, pipes and pets need a little extra care. The weather service was predicting thermometers could dip as low as 18 degrees Saturday night and 16 degrees Sunday night. Veterinarian Kathryn Bartlett of […]

Winter weather could be on way

Freedom New Mexico A winter weather advisory will be issued between 11 p.m. tonight until 5 p.m. Tuesday for snowfall along and behind a strong cold front pushes through eastern New Mexico, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Confidence is moderate that amounts in the plains will range from 2 inches to 4 […]

Weather contributed to poor milo crop

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Unfavorable weather has left Roosevelt County farmers with a poor milo harvest this year. “It’s just one of those years,” said dryland farmer Grady Jenkins of Portales Jenkins estimated this harvest from his 640 acres of milo, also called grain sorghum, was a third to a half of the […]

Weather good for peanut harvest

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer This summer’s weather has had an effect on the peanut crop, area farmers and processors say, but the warm, dry weather now is perfect for harvesting the crop. Hot winds and lack of rain early in the season and then rain when the crop was mature, as opposed to […]