This story was updated Thursday, Feb. 16 at 9 a.m.
Snow blanketed the Taos Valley Wednesday night (Feb. 14), a welcome Valentine from nature for a parched region.
Taos Ski Valley reported 9 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours and a 20 inch base. Snow is continuing to come down. Angel Fire Resort reported 5 inches of new snow overnight.
National Weather Service "spotters," volunteer weather observers, reported the Taos area recieved between 2 and 4 inches from the storm. Arroyo Seco and Questa both saw 6 inches, Valdez 4 inches and Pilar 3 inches,
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque updated a winter weather advisory for north central New Mexico including Taos.
Strong winds will likely return to New Mexico Sunday (Feb. 18) and Monday (Feb. 19) of next week. Occasional gusts will exceed 50 mph each day, mainly along and east of the central mountain chain of New Mexico," read the Friday report.
"Rain and high elevation snow will continue across western and central New Mexico today, with some decent rainfall amounts and high mountain snowfall. Temperatures will range from the 30's and 40's in high elevation mountain locations, while the lower elevation plains in eastern New Mexico will reach the 60's and lower 70's," according to the Thursday weather report.
Peñasco Independent Schools called for a two hour delay to the start of classes. Chama and Tierra Amarilla schools also started on a two hour delay.
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