Local residents awoke to more snow, slick roads and school closures Wednesday.
The snow that began Tuesday morning tapered for a couple hours in the afternoon, but resumed in the evening up through early Wednesday morning.
In all, areas of Chaves County received accumulation ranging from 2 to 4 inches, with temperatures falling to a low of 20 degrees with a wind chill of 10 degrees early Wednesday, Brian Guyer, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque said.
Law enforcement responded to various vehicle accidents in and around Roswell Tuesday morning and afternoon as a result of the wintry mix and low visibility.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation website advised motorists to watch out for slush and ice on roadways and drive at reduced speeds in the Roswell area on U.S. 285, U.S. 380, U.S. 70 and New Mexico State Roads 2 and 246.
New Mexico State Police responded Tuesday at 11:49 a.m. to an accident where an SUV rear-ended another vehicle at the intersection of East College Boulevard and North Main Street. Ray Wilson of the State Police said the collision did not result in any injuries.
State Police also were dispatched to the scene of two other accidents Tuesday afternoon: a single-vehicle rollover on U.S. 285 south of Vaughn; and another on U.S. Highway 70 north of Roswell reported at 1:14 p.m. involving a semi that was jackknifed.
None were reported near Roswell Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.
Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department, reported police responded to numerous accidents Tuesday morning, but not any Tuesday night or Wednesday within city limits.
Wildermuth added city departments opened at their normal times Wednesday.
Hazardous road conditions though prompted school districts in Dexter, Hagerman and Lake Arthur to cancel Wednesday classes, according to each district’s respective Facebook page. Students in Roswell were already scheduled to have Wednesday off due to parent-teacher conferences.
Gateway Christian School was open, but its K-12 classes operated on a two-hour delay, said Becky Noble, secretary for Gateway’s elementary school. She added that Gateway’s preschool opened as usual at 7 a.m.
Headstart programs in Roswell and Dexter were both canceled Wednesday. The Boys & Girls Club of Roswell was also closed for the day due to the weather, according to the Club’s Facebook page.
The Chaves County Administration Building operated on a two-hour delay, not opening until 10 a.m. Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell’s campus also opened at 10 a.m.
No flights coming into or departing from the Roswell Air Center were canceled Wednesday. However, the departure of a 6:30 a.m. flight bound for Dallas was postponed for about a half-hour, Scott Stark, director of the Roswell Air Center said.
All other Wednesday flights arrived and departed as scheduled.
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