LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - As southern New Mexico's highest elevations, the temperature could drop to nine degrees Thursday night.
ABC-7's New Mexico Mobile Newsroom toured the region, getting a first-hand glimpse of what the weather conditions are like in Las Cruces, San Augustin, Alamogordo, Cloudcroft and Ruidoso.
Cloudcroft, New Mexico has already received a couple inches of snow. Cloudcroft residents told ABC-7 they were cold and somewhat uncomfortable, but ultimately, that the moisture is good for nature and the flakes are good for business.
"Well, it's cold. It's very, very cold. But, it's been a real dry fall and we need the moisture, so we're happy to see it," said Elizabeth Medina, a Cloudcroft shop owner.
"Hopefully, we'll have a good Winter so we can bring up a lot of skiers to the ski area and all, it will be really nice," said Corby Campbell, a Cloudcroft resident.
In Alamogordo, employees at the zoo were busy keeping animals not used to the wintry weather warm.
"That's one of the jobs of our zookeepers - to check on them every morning and every evening when they come in and when they leave," said zoo director Bud Wiser said.
ABC-7 spotted a coati mundi, a native of South America, bundled up in the cold weather. Other animals, like the oscillot, sought shelter inside.
"This is the coldest it's been this year so far," said zoo director Bud Wiser, "pretty uncomfortable."