Presented by Affordable Services via entonces/Flickr The 5 Worst New Mexico Snowstorms EVER By OCatherineABQ 01/11/2014 Share Tweet + New Mexico may not get the Snowmageddons and Snowpocalypses of the midwest, but even a state with over 300 days of sunshine gets its share of snowstorms. Great Snowstorm of 1900 Denver Public Library Originally Tucumcari was a tent city for the Rock Island Railroad, located at the base of Tucumcari Mountain. In 1900, a three week snowstorm hit the northeast corner of the state. Two men from the railroad stayed out the storm with local A.D. Goldenburg, and in return for his hospitality, promised to establish a railroad stop a few miles from his home. By 1902, mail, passenger and freight trains made stops to the new town of Tucumcari. Presented by Affordable Services 10% off your invoice on Service Calls for Seniors, Public Safety Servants & Military. Includes 24/7 Emergency Service . Expires 12/31/2015License# 25925 Licensed and Bonded Affordable Services 3200 Northern Blvd. Rio Rancho, New Mexico, 87124 505-891-8907 February 1 - 5, 1956 National Weather Analysis Center, U.S. Weather Bureau Blizzard conditions hit New Mexico and northwestern Texas in February, 1956, when snow ranging from one to five inches fell over a period of days. The storm began as rain in Albuquerque, quickly changed to snow, and swept east. Snow depths broke a 50 year record. Winds gusts of 30-50 knots made visibility impossible. A special one-car train sent by the Santa Fe Railroad rescued stranded motorists between Clovis and Hereford, Texas. A cross-country bus filled with passengers stalled near the Texas border, so the driver fought his way through the storm on foot to Glenrio. He finally arrived, "almost frozen." At least 18 people died from the storm. December, 1967 The midwest got hit with the "Great Midwest Blizzard" in January of 1967. New Mexico would see its own blizzard beginning December 14 the same year. Snow fell constantly in the northern part of the state for two weeks, in some areas piling up to five feet. The Navajo nation was especially hard hit. Relentless snow buried hogans and made roads impassable. 200 Navajo farm workers trapped in trucks near Grants couldn't get home. Governor David Cargo called in the National Guard to drop medicine and supplies, and on December 18, the Air Force began helicopter rescues.Arctic air followed the snow, and temperatures dropped to six below zero on December 21. People began to starve. Six days into the storm, 36 deaths were reported, to include three on the Navajo reservation.In total, 51 died from conditions brought on by the extreme weather. December, 2009 tristanf/Flickr Snow began to fall November 29, 2009 in portions of the state, but by December 6, increased in coverage and intensity. A final blast of snow came early on the 8th as a cold front blew west to east. Meanwhile, winds in excess of 80 knots moved in throughout the southwest mountains and northeast to the plains. The Magdalena Ridge Observatory at 10,600 feet atop Magdalena Peak near Socorro recorded winds between 80 and 120 mph. Gusts of up to 135 mph were clocked before the instrument failed.The 135 mph gust set a new record for the highest ever recorded in New Mexico. Winds literally picked people up off their feet. December, 2011 Paul Jerry/Flickr December, 2011 saw heavy snows in many parts of the state. A treacherous blizzard hit on December 19, starting in western and central New Mexico, then heading to the east central plains. Pelting snow and winds gusting 40-60 mph made visibility almost impossible, and driving treacherous. Conditions stranded holiday travelers in Union County. A family from Texas pulled over on U.S. Highway 56 near Gladstone because of the white-out. Snow piled onto their vehicle as they huddled inside for two days. By the time they were rescued, both parents had pneumonia. Their five year old daughter was fine.