Cold weather making way to area

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

A cold front is expected to settle into the area for the next several days, plunging the temperatures into the 20s today, according to the National Weather Service.

A chance of rain and showers is predicted for Thanksgiving Day, with temperatures to be in the 30s and 40s, according to Jonathan Suk, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

The cooler temperatures are expected to remain in the area through Tuesday as a gradual front moves through the area, Suk said.

“It’s going to be a pretty good cold snap,” Suk said.

A section of Creighton’s Town and Country is filled with jackets, overalls and rubber boots for those that work in the outdoor elements and to bundle up against the cold weather. Also available are products that can be purchased to protect animals against the cold weather. Horse blankets, dog jackets and heaters for water troughs are just a few of the items that can be purchased, co-owner Leslie Creighton said.

Creighton said customers do not purchase cold weather items until they need them, though they do call to verify that the store does carry the necessary items in the event that the colder weather hits, she said.

“We have tried to be better prepared for events like this (cold weather). We think we have a supply of everything you will need,” Creighton said.

Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director Keith Thomas Wattenbarger cautioned area residents to make sure that before lighting a fire in their wood stoves or fireplaces that the chimneys are free of any debris.