Weather Central: Storm dumps record-breaking snowfall

Brian Brannon
Friday, January 4, 2013 - 2:40pm

Local4News will be monitoring the conditions that this storm system is bringing and keep you posted on hour-by-hour developments below:


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For complete list of closures throughout the Borderland for Thursday, Jan. 3
Local4News Weather Homepage

Red Cross, EPDoT stress urgency ahead of winter storm

3:00 PM, Friday: UTEP closing at 4pm; regular hours on Monday.


2:15 PM, Friday: Last band of snow showers passing through Borderland now. Sky's should clear around 8 PM tonight, and temperatures will stay in the low 20's. That means already wet roadways will freeze over as the temperatures dip. Another night of careful driving for El Pasoans, Las Crucens.

Noon, Friday: NMDOT released updated driving condtions

DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS:
• I-10: Texas state line to Arizona state line is OPEN with wet slick roadways
• I-25: Las Cruces to Williamsburg, NM wet and slick roadways, proceed with caution
• US-70 Las Cruces area is now OPEN with snow packed and wet, slick roadways, proceed with caution
• US-180 Hurley to Deming is snow packed and icy, proceed with caution
• NM-9 East of Columbus, NM – SEVERE driving conditions, driving is discouraged.
• NM-11/Deming to Columbus, NM: Wet with icy spots
• NM-78 Mule Creek area, wet slick roadways, proceed with caution
• NM 90 Lordsburg to Silver City, NM wet slick roadways, proceed with caution
• NM 159 Mogollon, NM roads are icy in spots please reduce speed and use extreme caution
• NM-404 Anthony to Chaparral, NM-SEVERE Driving conditions
• Silver City area – NM-15; NM-35 and NM-152 are snow packed and icy in spots, proceed with caution

11 AM, Friday: Roads, businesses, organizations begin re-opening as road conditions improve. Check for closures here.

- I-10 East and West re-opening in New Mexico.
- Public libraries in El Paso opened at 10 a.m.
- EPWU employees on a 24/7 schedule report to work as usual; other employees are on a 1-hour delay

11:30 PM, Thursday: A Record setting day in El Paso!

El Paso had a record 2.5" inch snowfall by 5 pm, breaking the old record of 1.2"set back in 1949 on January 3rd, with now 2.9"" for the date by 11 pm. The record will be updated with the National Weather Service Daily Climate report in the morning. El Paso also broke the old record rainfall of .21" set in 1957 with .23" of melted snow in the airport rain gauge for the day!

The snow started flying as predicted early Thursday morning in El Paso, Hudspeth county and Juarez behind a cold front that brought much colder air and 2" to 3" of snowfall total into our region. An additional 2"+ is expected overnight through 10 am Friday morning. The New Computer models show the snow ending by then

The Winter Storm Warnings have been cancelled for the entire Borderland. There are just Winter Weather Advisories in effect until 8 am for El Paso county, southern Otero and Hudspeth counties.

Icy bridges, overpasses and some area roadways will be a problem through midday as well. 

 6:30 PM, Thursday: Police dispatch has confirmed a police officer has been hit on I10 at Cotton. The officer was responding to another weather-related on I-10 when they were struck while outside the vehicle. Right now I10 remains CLOSED at Cotton and being diverted through downtown. Avoid the area if at all possible, and SLOW down. Story.

5:00 p.m., Thursday: Three accidents about a mile apart on Spur 601 and Chaffee, Marshall exits. Avoid area if possible, roads are in bad driving condition. Marshall overpass has been closed off, traffic diverted to Railroad.

4:00 p.m., Thursday: 3 inches of snow reported on the ground in East El Paso (Montana & Flager)

(Photo from Gabriella Ramos)

2:50 PM, Thursday: White stuff blankets Downtown El Paso

2:45 PM, Thursday: 2 1/2 inches reported at the intersection of McCombs and the patriot Freeway. 2  1/2 inces reported in Chaparral, New Mexico as well. An additional 2" to 3" inches possible in both El Paso and Las Cruces tonight.

1:23 PM, Thursday: A few delays and cancellations at El Paso International Airport. Flights 468 & 1002 to Dallas have been cancelled. Flight 5530 to Denver is delayed. Flight 4386 to Houston is Delayed. Check flight status's at flyelpaso.com

Juarez International Airport is completely closed at this hour. Flights inbound are being diverted, all other flights have been grounded.
 

1:09 PM, Thursday: Las Cruces Winter Weather Watch has been upgraded to Winter Weather Warning. Upgrading snow levels to 2-4 inches.


11:43 AM, Thursday:

The snow started flying, as predicted, early this morning in El Paso, Hudspeth county and Juarez behind a cold front that brought much colder air into our region overnight. Temperatures will not rise too much more then the low to mid 30's today. The first disturbance is pushing in from the west bring this current snow and will produce more off and on into the evening hours. Another upper level wave will sweep in producing even more snow overnight into Friday. Snow totals in El Paso are now forecast to be 3" to 7"! The snow will last through at early Friday, if not into the daytime hours.


11:43 AM, Thursday:

Another upper level wave will sweep in producing even more snow overnight into Friday. Snow totals in El Paso are now forecast to be 3" to 7". The snow will last through at early Friday, if not into the daytime hours.

 

11:00 AM, Thursday: Ramp heading to Juarez and I-10 East to US 54 has been reopened.
 

 9:00 AM, Thursday:  The City of El Paso Department of Transportation (EPDoT) is temporarily closing Scenic Drive as a precautionary measure due to the wintry weather.

The roadway will remain closed until further notice in the interest of public safety.

EPDoT reminds the public that bridges and overpasses are typically the first to freeze. If conditions worsen, motorists are urged to stay off the roadways, if at all possible. Reduced traffic will allow emergency vehicles to move freely during this weather event and help to ensure that roads are plowed and treated appropriately.

9:00 AM, Thursday:  ROAD ADVISORY ALERT:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is out salting roadways and monitoring road conditions throughout southern New Mexico. Winter weather conditions exist throughout Dona Ana and Luna county. Slick roadways with icy spots throughout all state and local routes. Bridges tend to freeze up with the moisture and cold temperature. Therefore, motorists are encouraged to reduce speed, and proceed with extra caution.

The NMDOT will post road conditions with any closures or detours as they are reported on www.nmroads.com, or you may call our automated system 511 and 1-800-432-4269 for these updates.

 8:00 AM, Thursday: Snow has begun to fall in the Borderland. Streets are covered with dustings of snow from Horizon to Las Cruces. PIcs:

Snow in Las Cruces. Courtesy: Sean Crowley

Snow in Horizon. Courtesy: Amanda Dye-Elias Amada

10:20 PM, Wednesday: Cathedral High School announces via school website that tomorrow's classes have been cancelled in anticipation of tomorrow's weather.

9:30 PM Wednesday: 2nd National Weather Service model shows impressive amounts of snow could fall Thursday. Within 4-5 inch model.

8:30 PM, Wednesday: Who remembers the winter storm that hit the Borderland in February of 2011?
Below freezing temperatures and snow-turned-to-ice roadways created messes throughout the region. El Paso Electric plants couldn't handle the single digit temperatures freezing pipes and valves. That resulted in rolling blackouts for days after. El Paso Water Utilities issued mandatory water restrictions as well.Photo Courtesy: Richard Burges
 


7:30 PM, Wednesday:
National Weather Service of El Paso just tweeted, "The first of the latest model runs has just come in and it looks even snowier for #ElPaso and and Southern New Mexico. NWS Twitter


6:30 PM, Wednesday:
El Paso and the rest of Texas have seen an unusually high number of flu cases this year
Given current data, influenza cases are the highest and earliest that they have ever been since 2003. Historically, El Paso influenza actually peaks after the new year, in January, February or even later.
Dusty Warren of Immunize El Paso stopped by Local4 today. Check out the interview.


5:30 PM Wednesday:
Storm might block meteor shower viewing.
Meteor watchers can expect to see 60 to 200 meteors an hour streak across the sky, NASA said. Shooting stars should be visible after about 11 p.m. with the best viewing time from 3 a.m. until dawn. Read the full story


4:30 PM, Wednesday:
National Weather Service issues presentation on weather system moving through Borderland Thursday.


1:30 PM, Wednesday:
National Weather Service upgrades Winter Weather Watch to Winter Weather Warning. 2-4 inches of snow expected in El Paso and Hudspeth Counties from 8:30 Thursday morning to 8 Friday morning.
Winter Weather Advisory issues for Las Cruces and Doña Ana County 8:30 Thursday morning to 8 Friday morning. 1/2-2 inches of snow expected.


10:00 PM, Tuesday:
National Weather Service issues Winter Weather watch for El Paso and Hudspeth Counties. 2-5 inches of snow possible.

 

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