Storm could bring much-needed moisture to N.M.

Source: By Associated Press • Posted: Sunday, January 10, 2021

They issued an advisory yesterday, saying the storm is expected to move across the state beginning Saturday and will reach the eastern plains Sunday.

Significant snow accumulations are expected to affect travel and could cause delays late Saturday in the northern mountains, where a few inches up to a foot of snow could fall. The eastern plains could see several inches.

More than 80% of the state is dealing with the two worst categories of drought. The latest map released yesterday shows conditions are far worse than they were just one year ago, when only half the state was grappling with less severe dryness and drought.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s statistics service reported this week that with little to no improvement in the precipitation received last month, soil moisture levels continued to drop. That has forced ranchers to bring in supplemental feed for their livestock. With hay supplies limited and stock water sources depleted, officials said ranchers across the state were culling their herds.

Reports from several counties noted that the wheat crop also was suffering due to the lack of moisture. In Union County, producers couldn’t irrigate their fields enough, prompting fears that the crops wouldn’t survive without more snow or rain.