The Roosevelt County residents got a taste of something they haven’t seen this winter season. A good hard snow.
This is the first time this year between 1 to 2 inches of snow fell in Roosevelt County, according to meteorologist Chuck Jones of the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.
A few times this season light flurries have fallen in the county.
Snow did not hit the Eastern Plains of New Mexico as hard as some of the other areas in New Mexico, such as Mountainair, which reported 5 inches and Los Alamos, which reported a foot of snow.
Jones said that the upper level storm system stretched from southwest Colorado into Eastern Arizona.
The snow caused some slushy and ice roads in the area and the Portales Police Department reported three car accidents early in the morning as of 5 p.m. on Thursday.
“It was mostly property damage,” Portales Capt. Lonnie Berry said about the car accidents. “They were on a few intersections. They tried to stop and slid through the intersection. People were reporting that it was slick until 11 a.m.”
The Portales Fire Department reported an accident on Kilgore and Spruce by Wal-Mart. The other accidents were on Third Street and North Elgin Avenue and 18th Street and U.S. 70.
“It was a pretty good day considering the road conditions,” Portales Fire Chief Steve Beaty said. “There were no injuries in the car accidents.”
A few Portales residents said they did not mind the road conditions as long as they got much-needed precipitation.
“It was really good to get some precipitation,” Arturo Cano of Portales said. “There was no problem driving around. I didn’t have any problems with ice on the road.”
Cash Prude of Portales said he enjoys the precipitation and hasn’t seen much snow in the area.
“We finally got some snow,” Prude said. “It usually snows two or three times in the winter, but there really hasn’t been much snow in the last two years.”
The forecast calls for slight snow showers today with highs in the lower 30s but weather officials are optimistic that it will clear up for the weekend.
Elida, Floyd and Portales schools were closed on Thursday. Elida Superintendent Jack Burch said Elida closed school because of safety conditions, but that they plan on having school on Friday. Portales Schools Director of Finance Murphy Quick and Floyd Superintendent Wally Feldman said that a determination on whether there will be classes on Friday would be made by early Friday morning.
Dora did have school on Thursday.
“We are proud to say that we had school today,” Dora Superintendent Jim Reed said. “The Dora students do not need to make up a day. I got up and drove around in the early morning and it seemed safe to me.”
All Eastern New Mexico University classes after 4 p.m. on Thursday were canceled. Classes prior to 10 a.m. today will also be canceled. ENMU public relations officials said if the weather worsens today the classes for the rest of today may be canceled, too.
ENMU student Boyd Coffey was hoping that snow today would postpone his 1 p.m. math test. For ENMU student Brad Springfield of Los Alamos it was normally what he saw in Los Alamos, but for ENMU student Nathan Bryant it was his first snow experience.
“I’m really stoked to see the snow,” Bryant of Huntington Beach, Calif., said. “I’ve only seen it (snow) on television.”
For the latest road conditions in the state call 1-800-432-4269.