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TaoseƱos woke up Sunday to a welcome blanket of snow

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It wasn't exactly unexpected. In fact, snowplows apparently had been at work since before sunrise Sunday (Jan. 21) to make way for it.

But, the overnight snowfall that blanketed Taos County with a welcome coating of the white stuff was a nice surprise for many especially since the last snow was so light and pretty much disappeared in a few hours. This time, Mother Nature dumped anywhere from one to six inches depending on location.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for today until 4 p.m. "Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible," the report states.

Roads are snowpacked and icy in many spots. Drivers are advised to exercise caution and to drive slow. Area emergency services have already reported a few minor traffic mishaps.

Today's snow, however, is a brief respite from the unseasonably warm temperatures we've been experiencing this winter. Starting Monday (Jan. 22), it will be back to mostly sunny skies and temps ranging from the 40s to low 50s through the week.

Taos Ski Valley is reporting a seven-inch snowfall over its packed powder and machine groomed surface. Red River Ski and Summer Area also reports seven inches with the same surfaces. Angel Fire Ski Resort reports one inch of new snow. And, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort reports five inches.

For details on area road conditions, visit http://www.nmroads.com/mapIndex.html?

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