Storm expected to bring 2 to 5 inches of snow

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Equipment operator Marcos Esquibel with the Clovis Public Works Department street division fuels a spreader Monday in preparation for today’s winter storm.

Kevin Wilson

It won’t take much to make today the snowiest this season for eastern New Mexico.

But indications are that Mother Nature will bring a lot more than the dustings we’ve had thus far.

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a winter weather advisory for snow and blowing snow. Winds of up to 26 mph are predicted with snow ranging from 2 to 5 inches.

Eastern New Mexico has avoided snow for the most part, with just a few dustings since November.

Clovis Public Works Director Clint Bunch said his department was operating with a skeleton crew Monday afternoon. He said he sent most of his employees home early — they will be needed in the late evening and early morning today.

What crews remained, he said, were busy prepping equipment for the snow.

“We’ll have six snowplows out and four sand and salt spreaders,” Bunch said, “and possibly, if it’s blowing like they say … we’ll get two road graders out.”

Bunch said arterial roads are the ones that receive city priority —