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Roswell bracing for snow, low temps Sunday

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A mix of frigid temperatures and moderate snowfall is expected to hit the Roswell area this weekend, making driving conditions difficult.

The National Weather Service puts the chance of precipitation Sunday and Sunday night at 90% and 60%, respectively.

Chuck Jones, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque said an arctic airmass will enter New Mexico from the east Saturday night and a storm developing from the northwest will move into the state Sunday.

“So it looks like that combination is going to bring some really cold, bitterly cold temperatures and accumulating snow,” Jones said.

He added that precipitation is expected to start late Saturday, with accumulations of snow of up to three inches forecast for Sunday with temperatures reaching a high of 25.

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An additional inch or more of snow is predicted for Sunday night with temperatures dipping to one below zero.

Jones added that winds will not be heavy but could still negatively impact driving conditions for motorists.

“With the snow being really dry and light and fluffy, any wind that we do get can blow it around pretty easily. So that is going to produce poor visibility,” he said.

The city of Roswell in a press release late Thursday said that due to the risk of “black ice,” emergency first responders will be advising people to stay off the roads.

Personnel and equipment from the city will be out salting major roadways, but the press release cautions the extremely low temperatures could minimize the effect the salt will have.

The city’s update also included a reminder to take care of pets by bringing them inside during periods of extreme cold weather.

For more information on this weekend’s weather, visit the Facebook page of the Roswell/Chaves County Office of Emergency Management.

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

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