Spring cold snap

By Christina Calloway

Christina Calloway: Staff photo Portales Recreation Center staff member Baron Barber lines up the center’s afterschool program participants Monday afternoon in 40-degree weather as they wait for the center shuttle at James Elementary. Barber and the students were bundled up in jackets and sweaters.

Christina Calloway: Staff photo
Portales Recreation Center staff member Baron Barber lines up the center’s afterschool program participants Monday afternoon in 40-degree weather as they wait for the center shuttle at James Elementary. Barber and the students were bundled up in jackets and sweaters.

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Lindsey-Steiner Elementary student Destinee Cerna said no one in her class was happy about spending recess indoors on Monday due to 30-degree weather.

“We played basketball,” said 10-year-old Cerna. “I was annoyed that we couldn’t go outside.”

Monday’s cold temperatures weren’t record-breaking, but slight snowfall and cool wind chills prompted people to bundle up in winter clothing.

Cerna and her classmates wore their heavy jackets and sweaters Monday afternoon as they waited for the Portales Recreation Center shuttle to pick them up from James Elementary.

Accuweather.com meteorologist Ken Clark said Monday’s high temperatures, which were in the mid 40s, were about 30 degrees below normal for April.

“It is quite a bit colder,” said Clark, who attributes Monday’s unusual weather to a big push of cold air coming from the north.

There were only trace amount of snow and Clark said the cold isn’t here to stay but the area may receive moisture on Thursday.

“It’s kind of like a one shot deal, things are going to turn around quite a bit for (today),” said Clark.

Clark said temperatures should reach the mid 70s by Wednesday and then it will cool down again on Thursday.

“The high temperature will be in the morning in the 50s (Thursday) and drop to the 40s at night. It might be accompanied by a little rain,” Clark said. “It won’t be much rain, but you sure could use it.”

James Elementary second grade teacher Caley Mosier said she felt bad for her students who were inside all day.

Mosier was on crosswalk duty for her school and said the students were probably excited to see the sun when they were released in the afternoon.

“We had a few days of warmth and then the cold hit,” Mosier said.

She said the sunflowers in her classroom were droopy on Monday from the cold weather and the school had to crank the heaters back up.

The mother of two said even her family had to prepare for the cold.

“Here we thought we were done and then we had to dig through our closets for our jackets (Monday),” Mosier said. “Who would’ve thought snow in April?”

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