Thank you to everyone for your very helpful advice.
I've finally decided to google for a relief map of the area. I figured out THAT was my problem. This idea that the terrain and weather can be so varied within 20 miles just threw me!!! Now I understand! The relief map helped emmensely!!!! ha!!!
As far as the winter percipitation coming in the form of snow, we'll be fine. I grew up in Guymon OK where the winters are probably very similar to Moriarty - lots of snow. I now live in Tulsa where they get bits of snow once - maybe twice a season, but mostly ICE!!! I hate it!!! Love the winter, Live for the snow...have to deal with the ice! ugh!!! I wouldn't mind to get back to those "snowed in days"....
Things are still in the "investigative" stage for us as there has been no "official" job offer yet. I'm just the kind of person who has to have information (LOTS of information) before making decisions....that's why I'm here..... For now it's a "search" and "wait" situation.... ah, the stress!!!!