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City makes storm preparations

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With a significant winter storm forecast to impact many areas of New Mexico, including Roswell, today, the city of Roswell will open city buildings as “warming centers” for people in need of a place to get out of the cold temperatures.

All publicly accessible city buildings will be available as warming centers today during each building’s regular hours. In addition, city buildings normally open Saturday and Sunday will be available on the weekend.

City buildings open for various hours Saturday and Sunday include the Adult and Recreation Center (807 N. Missouri Ave.), the Roswell Public Library (301 N. Pennsylvania Ave.), the Pecos Trails Transit bus terminal (515 N. Main St.), the Roswell Museum and Art Center (1011 N. Richardson Ave.) and the Visitors Center (426 N. Main St.).

In addition, the city has announced that an end-of-year dance planned for Saturday by the Parks and Recreation Department has been canceled.

The city is also reminding people to prepare by stocking up on groceries and filling needed prescriptions.

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Residents can keep track of road conditions by visiting the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s road-condition website (nmroads.com) or by calling 511. The storm is expected to impact most of U.S. 285 North from Roswell, so residents are urged to caution family and friends planning to travel to or from Roswell today and Saturday. City street crews are prepared to treat the streets with a salt-like mixture designed to melt snow and ice, as needed.

The National Weather Service is forecasting the storm to bring a potential 4 to 6 inches of snow to the Roswell area between 5 a.m. today and 11 p.m. Saturday. Daytime temperatures today through Sunday are forecast to be near or below freezing, with the possibility of overnight temperatures dipping into the teens. Winds today potentially could be 15 miles an hour or greater in the Roswell area, according to the National Weather Service.