GALLUP, N.M. (KRQE) - The last and strongest of three storm systems pummeling theSouthwest has dumped feet of snow in the high country and closedInterstate 40 across most of Arizona with snow and soaking rainsstill falling over much of New Mexico.
Early Friday KRQE News 13 reporter Amanda Goodman describedroads in Gallup and McKinley County as snow-packed and slick. Plowtrucks were making headway, she added.
And while I-40 remained open if snow-covered in the area, thehighway was shut down from Holbrook in eastern Arizona to Kingmannear the California state line. Reports late Thursday indicated theclosure could extend through Friday morning.
In northwestern New Mexico Farmington took a beating withauthorities reporting at least 20 highway accidents Thursday. Thereand in Durango, Colo., people were being urged to stay off theroads until the storm abates and road crews catch up.
"It has been not good," Stephan Harsh, a Durango maintenanceworker, told KRQE News 13. "It's been a real tough go."
The Durango-La Plata County Airport, closed Thursday by lowvisibility, remained closed on Friday.
Around metro Albuquerque temperatures remained above freezing toinstead of snow it was heavy rain reducing visibility and makingthe morning commute treacherous. Light snow was reported insome parts of the city and was forecast to continue off and onthrough the day.
As of 8:30 a.m. News 13 reporter David Romero was describing thesnowfall east of Albuquerque as coming down so hard at Sedillo Hillthat any tracks made on the ground were covered in a matter ofminutes. I-40 into Edgewood had been plowed and sanded, headded.
News 13 Meteorologist Jason Laney reported the center of thestorm remains in southern California where it continues to pumpmoisture into Arizona and New Mexico. It likely will besometime Saturday before the active storm pattern slacks off in NewMexico, he added.
Snow in the East Mountains canceled school for students normallybused to Manzano High School in Albuquerque. The New MexicoLegislature also shut down for the day.
Flooding, a serious issue in Phoenix on Thursday, became athreat in southwestern New Mexico Friday. There the NationalWeather Service issued an urban and small-stream flood advisory forstreams feeding the Gila and San Francisco Rivers particularly forMineral Creek near Mogollón.
The Albuquerque Sunport was feeling the effects of problemsfarther west where Southwest Airlines on Thursday canceled itsflights into and out of southern California, Tucson and Phoenixmostly because of high winds associated with the storm. Sunport officials were suggesting travelers check with theirairlines about possible cancelations and lingering delays.
Current flight information also is available on the Sunport Web site .
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