Police say stay in one more day

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A car stuck on the side of Sycamore Street and abandonded is just some of the aftermath of Thursday’s storm.

The city streets were quiet Friday morning except for a front end loader here and there or an occasional city truck.

And Police Chief Steve Sanders said that’s a good thing.

“Just stay home one more day,” Sanders said. “It’s a good Friday to stay at home.”

Temperatures are expected to be in the low 30s today.

Weather officials estimate more than 8 inches of snow fell on the area Thursday, after a winter storm first brought with it freezing rain and sleet, then left the largest amount of snow this year.

Sanders said roads continue to be treacherous this morning and issued the same caution as Thursday — stay home.

“They’re extremely snow packed and icy,” he said. “It’s just as dangerous today as it was yesterday.”

As the storm hit Thursday, police were busy helping stuck travelers and responding to single vehicle crashes where vehicles slid from roadways. Sanders said the night was fairly quiet and thus far there have been no major incidents resulting from the weather.

Today area schools are closed for a second day as well as many governement entities and businesses.

Scheduled basketball games postponed and/or canceled include Clovis High’s girls game against Artesia and District 3-1A doubleheaders between Dora and Floyd and Elida and Melrose.

Portales High School is not making trips to Roswell (boys) or Hobbs (girls). A decision is still pending about the Portales girls District 4-3A contest at Dexter Saturday.

Road games for Farwell (at Springlake-Earth) and Bovina (at Morton) have also been postponed. Muleshoe’s doubleheader against Childress has been postponed, and school officials hope to make the games up either Saturday or Monday.

No makeup dates have been scheduled.

Eastern New Mexico University has a home basketball doubleheader scheduled 6 p.m. Saturday against Lone Star Conference South Division rival Angelo State. Sports Information Director Adam Pitterman said as of Friday morning, those games are still on the schedule.