Warmer weather predicted

Thomas Garcia

Warmer weather is forecast for Quay County going into the New Year, according to the National Weather Service Albuquerque.

A break in the recent winter weather patterns will begin on Wednesday as temperatures begin to rise into the upper 40s to mid 50s, said Amanda Martin, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

“Rain or snow is not in the forecast,” Martin said. “There is low chance of precipitation.”

Martin said temperatures on Thursday will be in the high 50’s with sunny skies. She said this warmer trend will continue through New Years Eve.

“On New Years Day there will be a drop in temperature which will carry on until the middle of the week,” Martin said.

The warmer weather will be a change from the near or below zero temperatures felt at night.

Since the start of December, five winter storm systems have moved through Quay County depositing over 10 inches of snow, according to reports from the NWS.

The storms resulted in hazardous weather, which resulted in the closure of I-40 twice along with several other rural routes.

Hazardous roach conditions due to the weather was a contributing factor in a fatal Christmas Day wreck.

Mya Gonzales, 4, of Tucumcari died of injuries suffered Sunday in a rollover crash about 16 miles north of Clovis, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller.

Waller said Mya was a passenger in a 2001 Chevy Blazer that skidded on an icy patch of N.M. 209 about 11:15 p.m., left the highway and rolled over.

Waller said a Department of Transportation plow truck driver and sheriff’s deputies performed life support aid on Mya at the scene, but she died later at Plains Regional Medical Center.

Waller said Mya’s mother, Chrystal Gonzales, 33, was driving. Other passengers included Gonzales’ husband and Mya’s father, Robert Gonzales, 35, and a daughter, Deja Ellis, 10.

Chrystal Gonzales and Deja Ellis were both treated for minor injuries, Waller said.

The family is from Tucumcari and were in Clovis visiting family and friends for Christmas.

The crash remains under investigation.