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Snow in Texas and Oklahoma Forecasted After Winter Storm Slams New Mexico

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A winter storm advisory was issued for eastern New Mexico including the city of Roswell which got its first notable snowfall of the season.

The remnants of a slow-moving atmospheric river storm that pummeled California last week delivered the first significant snowfall across the Land of Enchantment this season with the National Weather Service warning of New Mexico snow pack and icy roads as the system headed toward the Texas Panhandle and central Oklahoma.

Albuquerque, New Mexico Snow Totals

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque said temperatures were in the mid-30s which is up to 25 degrees below normal.

Meteorologist Jennifer Shoemake for the weather service in Albuquerque said the storm system appeared to be moving next toward the Texas Panhandle and central Oklahoma where warnings were already issued. Up to 8 inches of snow was forecasted for Lubbock, Texas on Sunday with 1.3 inches already on the ground in Amarillo, Texas.

The storms originate from a slow-moving system hitting California early Wednesday moving out after days of wind record rain and heavy snowfall causing power outages street flooding and hundreds of destructive mudslides around Los Angeles. It also dumped 3 feet of snow over three days in northern Arizona before tracking east Friday entering New Mexico Saturday.

Shoemake said Albuquerque, New Mexico snow reached up to 4 inches Saturday with adjacent mountains getting 6 to 9 inches. Likely decent skiing conditions she added.

In Albuquerque Sandia Peak Ski Area opened for the first time since 2022 with access to top-to-bottom skiing across 300 acres on all 35 trails. Snowboard Jovanni Orozco described it like being in the clouds up there literally low visibility from the snow covering goggles but still fun.

The Arizona Snowbowl ski resort north of Flagstaff got 55 inches from the recent storms totalling 140 inches this season. All lifts and trails were open Sunday. National Park officials had closed Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos New Mexico Saturday afternoon amid worsening weather reopening Sunday after snow removal operations.


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