RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque’s westside and Rio Rancho were hit hard by Monday night’s winter storm, but a lack of snowfall Tuesday afternoon meant roads in the area cleared up for the evening commute.
Travelers in the area said they’re grateful it was a mild afternoon.
“We definitely needed the precipitation and we’re also extremely fortunate that it’s melting so quick,” Phyllis Sanchez said.
Tuesday afternoon, snow melted and roads cleared. City of Rio Rancho officials said it has four large salt and sand spreaders, four smaller spreaders with attached plows, four graders to push snow and five other crews to clear intersections.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation is also monitoring the hill between Rio Rancho and Albuquerque. Many drivers say they plan to avoid driving altogether Tuesday night because of Monday night’s road conditions.
Tuesday night, Rio Rancho crews will continue patrolling and spreading cinder, which is essentially crushed up lava rock, turning the streets red.
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