Blizzard conditions continue to impact far east-central New Mexico early this morning, especially areas between Tucumcari and the Clovis and Portales areas.
Snowfall levels of 8″-10″ have been reported in these areas, but needless to say, measuring snow in 50-plus mph winds is extremely difficult.
Regardless, the impacts of this major winter storm have been widespread and significant. The I-40 corridor, as expected, appears to have seen the greatest impacts.
The latest indications are that the heaviest snow bands will shift farther east into the Texas Panhandle by mid-late morning, with snow ending from west to east thereafter.
However, it is emphasized that while the snow has ended or will be ending later this morning, fierce northerly winds will wreak havoc on road clearing operations with blowing/drifting snow as well as brutal wind chill values.
The character of snow was relatively dry/fluffy, and with cross-winds of 50-plus mph, blowing snow will be widespread in areas that received 4″ and above.
There is another storm system diving toward New Mexico for Tuesday. This one should catch NC/NW sections that largely missed out from the one departing.