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The Nation’s Weather

March 15, 2005

A slow-moving storm dropped as much as 3 feet of snow on the mountains of New Mexico on Tuesday, and rain fell across parts of the southern Plains and the South.

Low pressure system sitting over the southern Rockies produced the heavy, wet snow in New Mexico.

The heaviest snowfall was in the north-central part of the state, with 34 inches at Mineral Hill, a small community about 15 miles west of Las Vegas, the National Weather Service said. The snow closed highways, schools and some state government offices in the area.

Snow also extended eastward across much of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, along with parts of southeastern Colorado and southern Kansas. Texline, Texas, measured around a foot of snow by midday.

Rain was scattered from southern New Mexico across other sections of Texas and Oklahoma, plus Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, the Florida Panhandle and Georgia. Occasional thunderstorms formed in southern Louisiana.

Snow fell on parts of southern Missouri and Tennessee.

Across the northern tier of states, isolated snow showers were scattered from the northern Rockies in Idaho and western Montana across the Plains into the Dakotas.

Occasional snow showers formed around the upper Great Lakes in northeastern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Elsewhere, radar showed light snow falling across Maine during the early morning.

Tuesday’s temperatures around the Lower 48 states ranged from a morning low of 13 below zero at Leadville, Colo., to a midday reading of 83 at Hollywood, Fla. The lowest wind chill was 28 below at Leadville.

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