Area receives first measurable snow in almost a year

Kyle Logan, 10, makes a snowball Wednesday outside his home on Lore Street. Kyle and his older sister, Mattea, said they were outside all afternoon in the snow. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor

The calendar said spring but old man winter wasn’t cooperating.

Curry and Roosevelt counties were hit Wednesday by a blast of cold air and snow flurries that left lawns white and some motorists maneuvering tricky road conditions. The National Weather Service had issued a winter weather advisory that lasted into early evening.

Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said it started with freezing rain in the early afternoon that turned to snow.
Sarah Salik, a graphic designer in the marketing department at Clovis Community College, was a bit disappointed when the weather wasn’t severe enough for classes to be canceled.

“You get happy when things are closed,” she said. But she had just the right remedy to warm the soul, and looked forward to having a hot chocolate when she got home after work.

The white stuff kept golfers off the greens, according to Dana Kelly, owner of Chaparral Country Club. They weren’t allowed on the links because “that will tear up the golf course,” she said.

Eastern New Mexico University’s softball doubleheader Wednesday against New Mexico Highlands was postponed. Coach Armando Quiroz said the games will probably be rescheduled for April.

It was almost a year ago to the day that the region had its last measurable snow, according to Jeff Michalski, National Weather Service meteorologist in Albuquerque. On March 26, 6 1/2 inches of the fluffy stuff blanketed the region. Michalski said a trace of snow fell Feb. 18 and Nov. 28, with a trace being less than 0.1 inch. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque estimated Clovis received about a half-inch of snow Wednesday.

Temperatures didn’t budge much throughout the day from the low of 25, warming only to around 30 degrees.

But customers weren’t complaining about the weather at Cook’s Truck Center Restaurant, where it was pretty much business as usual, according to manager Kendra Cook.

“I think people like it because of the moisture,” Cook said.
And as fast as it came, the snow was gone.

By the weekend, things will be back to more normal temperatures, gradually warming to the low 70s by Sunday, Michalski said.