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Chaves County gets 4-8 inches of snow

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Sunshine and warmer temperatures began to make a comeback in Chaves County late Wednesday, following a period of unseasonably cold temperatures in the area, which created dangerous driving conditions.

Between late Monday night and Wednesday afternoon, locations in the Roswell area received between 4 and 8 inches of snow accumulation. Snowfall amounts varied throughout the county, according to Alyssa Clements, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

Temperatures, which had been in the 20s since Monday, had by late Wednesday afternoon risen above 40 degrees in the Roswell area.

Icy roads produced hazardous travel conditions and an influx of calls for assistance from local law enforcement.

Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department, said officers had responded to about 24 vehicle accident calls between Tuesday at 7 a.m. and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. However, he said it was not clear how many were specifically weather-related. A couple of the accidents, he said, did result in minor injuries.

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New Mexico State Police Officer Dusty Francisco said his department Tuesday responded to seven non-injury crashes and five calls for assistance from motorists.

Sheriff Mike Herrington said deputies also spent much of the day assisting motorists who had slid off the road or responding to vehicle accidents.

He said that at least one accident resulted in injuries when a vehicle heading south on southeast Main Street Street slid into an opposing lane of traffic at 8:58 a.m. Tuesday.

Herrington said he did not know details about the injuries or the accident.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301 or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.