Weather warning in effect until noon

CNJ staff

A winter storm warning remains in effect throughout the region until noon today with continued expectations of blowing snow and light snow showers, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures are expected to rise into the mid-to-upper 30s by mid-day, the NOAA forecast said. Morning snow showers could contribute an additional inchof snow.

According to NOAA, up to three inches was reported last night in some areas of the region.

Several schools in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay Counties canceled classes for the day, citing blowing snow and other wintry conditions.
Police have cautioned residents to drive slow and be conscious of potential ice and visibility issues.

“Travel is highly discouraged due to the combination of ice and blowing snow. We ask that you please not venture out unless absolutely necessary,” Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said in a press release.

“There is potential for several wrecks occurring if motorists do not slow down, particularly upon approach to intersections.”

Ice, difficult to see when snow is blowing, diminishes a driver’s stopping and maneuvering abilities, he said.

By Tuesday, NOAA is forecasting conditions will return to spring-like temperatures with a high near 64 degrees. However, windy conditions are expected to continue with winds from 10 to 15 miles per hour and gusts up to 30 MPH.