It’s Impossible To Forget These 5 Horrific Winter Storms That Have Gone Down In New Mexico History
By Monica Spencer|Updated on October 01, 2021(Originally published September 26, 2021)
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Winter in New Mexico is a magical time of year. We’ve got glittering snow, roaring fires, and occasionally, epic blizzards. While thinking of the more charming aspects of winter can be wonderful, it doesn’t take long to remember it can also be a disastrous time of year. Here’s a look at some winter storms in New Mexico that turned into true disaster scenarios.
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