While downtown Albuquerque’s streets would typically be bustling, it was a ghost town during the morning commute, and it stayed that way throughout the day.
“Still and stagnant,” said Courtney Charney, visiting from Santa Fe. “Very quiet, like peculiarly quiet.”
That’s how many described downtown Albuquerque on Wednesday.
What was supposed to be the first day of work in the New Year took a turn as the winter storm blasted through the metro, closing businesses and leaving downtown empty.
“It’s bad out here,” said Albuquerque resident Bruce Mason.
KRQE News 13 took to the streets during what is typically a busy morning commute only to find empty streets and parking lots.
However, there were still people out and about shoveling their parking lots and salting their sidewalks.
Civic Plaza – which is surrounded by government offices – was deserted, with snow covering the city’s Christmas decorations and pavilion.
“I love it,” said Alexis Ayala, visiting from Mexico City. “I love how it looks and everything is white. It’s amazing what nature can give you.”
The main roads downtown stayed fairly clear throughout the day, with the Department of Municipal Development sending their trucks through the streets often.
As the temperature continued to drop Wednesday night, the Albuquerque Police Department is discouraging driving as road conditions continue to be a danger.