In the days leading up to the start of spring, New Mexico was slammed with heavy snow. As much as 97 centimeters (38 inches) fell in parts northern New Mexico on March 15, 2005. The storm shut down schools, offices, and roads across the state. On March 16, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the snow-bound state. As the image shows, the storm also blanketed southern Colorado and the Texas panhandle. The snow melted quickly, however; by March 18, the snow was all but gone.