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East Mountain, Santa Fe schools close as winter storm dumps across high plains

An early season winter storm has dumped snow on much of New Mexico, closing schools and making driving hazardous.

Many schools from Santa Fe north announced they were closing for the day as well as schools in the East Mountains including APS schools and students who attend Manzano High School. East Mountain High School is also closed as are Moriarty – Edgewood School District  and Mountainair.

Officials at Santa Fe Public Schools cancelled school district wide due to low temperatures and icy road conditions that made it unsafe to dispatch school buses.

The district is also canceling after-school and evening activities.

For a full listing of school closings, here is KOAT-TV’s full list

Heavy snow was also reported in Eastern New Mexico and in the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma.

As much as 7 inches of snow was reported overnight in the Texas Panhandle and lesser amounts in the western half of Oklahoma as it moves toward Arkansas.

Meteorologist John Cockrell with the National Weather Service in Amarillo said Monday that the heaviest snowfall was reported around Amarillo.

No injuries or significant damage are reported as the system moved across the region. The weather service says are snow-packed, but no road closings are reported.

Snow accumulation of 2½ inches were recorded in Boise City and 2 inches in Guymon, both in the Oklahoma Panhandle, with 1-2 inches reported in western Oklahoma.

The system extended as far east as Oklahoma City where 1-2 inches of snow is possible before the system moves into northwest Arkansas where amounts of up to 2 inches are forecast.


The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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