- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The latest developments on winter weather in New Mexico (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Roswell police are asking parents to prevent children from making “igloos” next to streets amid a cleanup from a massive snow storm.

Authorities in the southeastern New Mexico city said Wednesday police had received reports about the rogue makeshift snow houses and warned that children could get trapped.

Crews are plowing through Roswell’s icy and snow-covered roads following a record storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in the region.

Roswell police are asking parents to let children play in backyards.


12:45 p.m.

Stores in a southeastern New Mexico city hit by heavy snowfall are running out of inventory.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports (https://goo.gl/yT231B) that grocery stores in Hobbs are running low on products like milk and bread.

Albertson’s store director Jubel Patterson says his store ran out of milk on Saturday and then bread, but received an “emergency shipment” this week. He says the milk didn’t last but 30 minutes on shelves.

Cities, especially in southeastern New Mexico, have needed three days to clear roads and highways following a weekend storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas. Delivery trucks have faced difficulty getting into hard hit cities like Hobbs and Roswell to help stores restock.


11:55 a.m.

Ranchers and dairy farmers in eastern New Mexico are taking stock of their animals in the wake of a record-setting storm that brought snow, icy and wind to much of the state in recent days.

The head of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, Caren Cowan, says there’s no way to tell how many cattle might be stranded.

Cowan says the priority in the agriculture community has been getting roads in eastern New Mexico back open so people can get to their livestock.

While 10-foot snow drifts have been reported in spots from Clovis south to Carlsbad, Cowan says strong winds have helped to clear some pastures.

Because Gov. Susana Martinez declared an emergency, farmers and ranchers will be able to apply for assistance through various federal Farm Service Agency programs.

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