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Roswell’s first Snow of the season

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The Adams siblings of north Roswell take a few moments Saturday morning to enjoy their first New Mexico snow experience. Benjamin, 10; Eila, 8; and Samuel, 5, moved here this year with their family from West Texas. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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The first snow of the winter season came to Roswell Friday night as predicted, coating the city with a light cover of white.

A bird perches Saturday on a snow-covered feeder at the J. Kenneth Smith Bird Sanctuary and Nature Center on North Sycamore Ave. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Early Saturday, a few Roswell families and New Mexico Military Institute cadets could be seen making snowmen and playing in fields and lawns. The sun began to make its appearance mid-morning Saturday, with the snow slowly fading as the temperatures reached into the 40s.

About half an inch of snow arrived by Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service, with snow falling around 11 p.m. Friday and about 4 a.m. Saturday. According to data posted on the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network website, a volunteer precipitation monitor in Roswell reported 2 inches of accumulated snow in the city by early Saturday morning.

Mostly sunny skies and temperatures from the high 40s to low 60s are expected through Friday.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.