Four to 8 inches of snow predicted

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico

The heaviest band of snow in the approaching winter storm system will set up west of Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

Jennifer Palucki of NWS said snow accumulation will not be as high in the southern portions of eastern New Mexico. Overall, expectations are between 4 and 8 inches in Curry and Roosevelt counties for Friday and Saturday.

“On Friday residents will see scattered light snow showers across the area,” Palucki said.

She said portions of Curry and Roosevelt counties will see sleet and freezing drizzle starting Friday afternoon and evening. She said the sleet will change to snow late Friday night into Saturday morning, and weekend temperatures will range from the upper teens to the mid-30s.

With the approaching cold weather area hardware stores have seen an increase in customers purchasing materials to winterize their homes.

David Bryant, manager of the Triangle Ace Home Center in Clovis, said the items being purchased include pipe insulators, weather stripping, window and door coverings, and crack fillers.

“The cold is coming, and the people are doing their best to prepare for it,” Bryant said.

The New Mexico State Police ask people not to travel unless necessary during the storm system.

“If you can avoid traveling during this storm system that would be the best,” Lt. Lance Baitman said.

Baitman said snow and icy road conditions can prove hazardous for travelers. He said drivers should use extra caution while out in the inclement weather.

“Drive at a slower speed,” Baitman said. “Increase the distance between you and the other vehicle. This will give added distance if you need to stop.”

Baitman said motorists wanting to check on road conditions are advised to call the state’ road condition hotline at 800-432-4269.

“We would like people to call the hotline to check on road conditions instead of calling the dispatch,” Baitman said. “We do not want to tie up dispatch with road inquiries while we have officers out on the roads.”