Christmas parades postponed by expected weather

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Hillcrest Zoo Assistant Director Mark Yannotti put a protective cover over a faucet at the reptile house Wednesday evening in anticipation of a winter storm moving in today in the Clovis area in which freezing temperature are expected.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Hillcrest Zoo Assistant Director Mark Yannotti put a protective cover over a faucet at the reptile house Wednesday evening in anticipation of a winter storm moving in today in the Clovis area in which freezing temperature are expected.

By Christina Calloway
CMI staff writer
ccalloway@pntonline.com

Friday and Saturday’s expected numbing-weather has postponed annual Christmas parades in Portales and Clovis.

Portales’ parade was scheduled for Friday night and Clovis on Saturday night.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Brent Wachter said Friday’s high temperatures will be in the low 30s and said roads may still be icy from the 2 inches of snow expected to fall in the area today. Wachter said conditions won’t be much better Saturday.

The weather prompted the directors of the local chambers of commerce to take precaution and move the parades to next week.

“We got so many little kids on the float that we just didn’t feel comfortable putting them on there,” said Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry.

Terry said in addition to the parade, a jubilee featuring live music and food vendors on the Roosevelt County Courthouse Square will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Curry County Chamber of Commerce said in a press release that due to the “bone-chilling weather conditions” forecasted for Saturday, its Christmas Light Parade will take place Dec. 14.

“Our primary concern is for the health and safety of participants and attendees — especially the children — who enjoy the parade,” the press release said.

Parade entries will continue to be accepted at the Chamber through Dec. 12, the press release said.

Wachter predicts cool temperatures until Monday, with overnight lows in the mid to upper teens Friday through Monday.

He said Thursday is the only day precipitation is to be expected.

He added that residents can be hopeful they won’t see a repeat of this upcoming weekend’s weather for next week.

“Right now it looks fairly good, but stay tuned,” Wachter said.