It didn’t take long for the snow to melt in much of the Albuquerque metro, but with freezing temps expected Tuesday night, the city is preparing to tackle another round of icy roads.
Road crews are expected to work in 12-hour shifts until at least 10:30 Wednesday morning. They’ll be among the few people on the road, considering many businesses and most city facilities closed for the day.
“Things definitely slow down when snow kicks off. You get two-hour delays and some people call in for work,” said Garrett Ulibarri with the City of Albuquerque.
As for the people who did brave the snowy streets, it was tough. KRQE News 13 drove all around Albuquerque and found iced over roads, including on the westside and in downtown.
The city says it treated all major arterials, intersections and bridges, but the snow just kept coming. They do say they were expecting the worst of the storm to happen to the east, so there was a delay getting to the hardest hit areas.
“Once the storm got the worst, we moved our trucks over to Eagle Ranch, Ventana Ranch, those areas,” transit director Bernie Toon said.
ABQ Ride and Sun Vans are still operating on their normal schedules. Solid Waste canceled trash pickup Tuesday. Service will resume the day after your usual pickup.
As for local schools, the Albuquerque Public School district says it won’t know about additional delays or closures until its crews check out road conditions early Wednesday morning.