Ramifications of icy weather far-reaching

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer

Icy road conditions from an Arctic cold front that crept into the area Friday kept Clovis ambulances from transporting patients out of town and city employees busy over the weekend.

“We (Clovis Fire Department) could not transport anyone to a higher-care facility in Lubbock or Amarillo Friday through Sunday,” according to Clovis Fire Department Public Information Officer Karen Burns. “The roads were just too hazardous.”

The slick conditions also made life tough for pedestrian traffic, said Burns, as emergency workers responded to four calls involving residents who had slipped on the ice.

“There were no serious injuries,” Burns said. “But, we transported them to rule out femur, hip or knee injuries.”

Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang said his employees have been working the graveyard shift driving trucks to clear the roadways.

“Every time we have freezing conditions, two or three employees work over night applying a sand and salt mixture to the streets,” Wang said.

City of Clovis manager Joe Thomas said ensuring area drivers’ commute to work is safe is a major concern for the city.

“Our first priority is getting out early and clearing the roads,” Thomas said.
The ice storm also caused some damage to tree limbs.

Thomas said the city’s Parks Department would begin cleaning up the fallen limbs at area parks and golf courses.

“We are just now seeing how many tree limbs there are in the parks,” Thomas said, “and it is going to require cleaning up.”

New Mexico will have slightly warmer temperatures today, the National Weather Service said, however, a cold front will end the warming trend Thursday in the northeastern plains.

The front will move across the eastern plains by Friday, delivering another shot of cold air.

The Weather Service is calling for a chance of snow showers starting today and lasting into the weekend with highs in the mid-30s and lows in the mid-teens.