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Snow blasts the southwest U.S.


It was a snowy start to the day in Rio Rancho, New Mexico
It was a snowy start to the day in Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Staff writers

December 5, 2011 — People in New Mexico and Texas are digging out from a rare snow storm.

Snow blankets the ground in West Texas
Snow blankets the ground in West Texas

Last week, a rare November snowfall blanketed parts of Tennessee and Arkansas.

This week, a major winter storm hammered parts of New Mexico and northern Texas.

Snow blanketed many desert communities on Monday, while strong winds led to poor visibility on the roadways. A major highway, Interstate 40, had to be closed in some places. The University of New Mexico was closed for the day on Monday.

The heaviest snow fell in northern Texas, with up to two inches coating lawns and driveways.

A separate system is pushing east, also bringing snow to parts of Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas.

Wondering what to expect this season on our side of the border? Be sure to check The Weather Network's Winter Outlook 2011/2012.

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