New Mexico snowfall was part of a fast-moving system that crossed the state from west to east. The snowfall brought temperatures down in the 30s on Monday and officials warn drivers to avoid icy roadways caused by the storm, according to Chron.
Snowfall may be light in the northern mountains on Wednesday into Thursday as the weather system moves east. Forecasters say no hazardous weather is expected in New Mexico and the next several days. New Year’s Day will be mostly sunny with a slight chance of snow. Temperatures could dip into the teens with highs in the lower 40s.
Preliminary New Mexico snowfall amounts reported by the National Weather Service for 39 hours that ended early Monday morning include 1 to 5 inches of snow in Albuquerque, 10 inches in Socorro, 15 to 20 inches in Roswell, 10 inches in Clovis and 21 inches in Ruidoso.
Eastbound Interstate 40 between Albuquerque and the Texas line is among numerous highways that remain closed Monday morning in eastern New Mexico due to the winter storm that passed through the state over the weekend.
Most of the highway closures centered on southeastern New Mexico as of Monday morning. Some highways that were closed in northeastern New Mexico over the weekend are now open, with fair driving conditions reported as crews continue to clear highways after big storm.
Conditions on I-40 improved Sunday but the eastbound route remained closed due to conditions in the Texas Panhandle following the snowfall. Albuquerque police report driving hazards in some parts of the city due to patches of ice and snow. Police advise residents to allot extra time to travel.
The winter storm is being called Goliath as it will spread a swath of snow and ice accompanied by strong winds through the Midwest after leaving New Mexico and then impact parts of the Northeast. Parts of 11 states are under winter storm warnings from north Texas to Michigan. Winter weather advisories and winter storm watches are also posted in other areas, including parts of the Northeast.
A narrow zone across northern Illinois, northern Indiana, southern Michigan and northwest Ohio could see some significant ice accumulations. This includes Chicago where freezing rain is expected. The ice combined with strong winds could lead to some broken tree limbs or power outages.
A snowfall mix may also develop as far east as western Pennsylvania and southwest New York. A thin area of snow will spread from western, central and Upstate New York into western New England before dawn.
The storm system in much of central and western New York, as well as Pennsylvania will only be brief, changing to sleet and freezing rain overnight as it spreads into northern New Jersey. The wintry weather should remain to the northwest of the five boroughs of New York City, though a brief period of sleet or freezing rain can’t be ruled out.
In addition to the New Mexico snowfall, the warm side of Goliath will continue to produce severe thunderstorms and flooding rainfall this week. Goliath brought record 1-day snowfalls in most cities in the region.