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A Terrifying, Deadly Storm Struck New Mexico In 1967 And No One Saw It Coming

New Mexico is more often associated with sun and cacti than it is with snow and blizzards. However, we definitely receive our share of extreme weather. The winter of 1967 hammered this point home.

The year 1967 was a tough one throughout the nation. For instance, in January, a record-breaking blizzard made headlines in Chicago. For New Mexico, disaster struck at the end of the year. In December 1967, a storm began to build over New Mexico and Arizona.

This one storm was responsible for 51 deaths, across New Mexico and its neighboring states.

Were you in New Mexico when this blizzard hit? What are your memories from that time?

These modern snowy images only serve to set the scene. They cannot fully capture the weather conditions experienced in 1967. If you have any photos from the 1967 blizzard, please share them on our Only In New Mexico Facebook page. We’d love to see them.

Juliet White
Staff writer for Only In Your State and freelance writer. Juliet can be reached on Twitter @JulietWrites.