Santa Rosa, N.M. - In some areas of New Mexico Wednesday, it looked more like the night before Christmas than Independence Day Eve.

More than a foot of hail covered streets, yards and parking lots in Santa Rosa, about 100 miles east of Albuquerque. A huge thunderstorm dumped golfball-sized hail around 6 p.m.

Snow plows cleared drifting hail from the roads.

The storm caused severe damage to many homes, cars and businesses.

Meteorologists say large accumulations of hail are fairly common in northeast New Mexico because of the high elevation.