Winter Weather Makes a Comeback

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Staff, Wire Reports


Los Alamos County residents woke up to an unexpected surprise Saturday as another three to five inches of snow fell in the area. And even more of the white stuff fell in the Jemez Mountains, which was welcome news for skiers.

According to its website, Pajarito Mountain received seven inches of snow Saturday and its base was 44 inches.

On Saturday morning, N.M. 502 was snow covered and icy as was N.M. 4 heading into the Jemez Mountains. Most of the side roads around town also were snow covered and icy.

The storm, however, did cause some problems in the Los Alamos area.

Los Alamos County deputy police chief Kevin Purtymun said, “We had three reported accidents last night … several stuck cars. And we shut down the main hill for about 30 minutes so the state highway department could plow.”

Northern New Mexico did not get as much snow as Colorado, however.

The most powerful storm of the winter season pounded Colorado with up to 6 feet of snow in the Rocky Mountain foothills and forced the cancellation of more than 600 flights in Denver before heading east toward the central plains.

Blizzard conditions that hit the eastern Colorado plains, including 5-foot drifts in parts of Elbert County, began easing with forecasters advising of blowing snow early Saturday.

Light snow was falling intermittently in the Denver area early Saturday, but was expected to taper off by midday as the bulk of the storm moves out of the state, forecasters said.

"We have a chance of snow in the foothills, but (Denver) metro will get just light flurries," National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Koopmeiners said Saturday.

He said all winter storm warnings have expired in Colorado, but several counties in the state's eastern plains remain under a blowing snow advisory.


 Associated Press contributed to this report.