‘Bomb cyclone’ wreaks havoc across New Mexico

New Mexico

New Mexico experienced what’s called a ‘bomb cyclone’ packing wind gusts of more than 100 mph and dumping a foot of snow. No part of the state was spared, but some areas are being hit harder than others. 

It is finally calming down across much of the state after almost two full days of very active and severe storms. New Mexico has seen almost every kind of weather this week, but Wednesday the big danger was gusting winds. 

Winds strong enough to send a whole cargo train barreling off a bridge near Logan, rip off a school’s roof in Roswell, and knock over at least a dozen cars around Wagon Mound; are also creating whiteout conditions in the northern mountains, shutting down highways, knocking out power, and sending trees into the roads and onto homes. 

In Los Alamos, first responders say they’ve never seen anything like it. 

“I know guys who have lived and worked here their whole lives and they have not seen the powerful winds, snow drifts, and the snow all in such a short period of time,” Los Alamos Police Commander Preston Bellew said. 

Wednesday, winds fueled by the ‘bomb cyclone’ roared across the state. Gusts higher than 100 mph hit the mountains near White Sands, while northerly winds reaching 70 mph along I-25 shut down the interstate. 

Big rig drivers had it especially bad. Now, some are deciding to wait out the wind in Albuquerque. 

“If I call my dispatch they’ll say yes, but I think I’ll wait for tomorrow,” big rig driver Scott Baker said. 

Gusts that reached 40 mph in the metro paled in comparison to much of the state, but still shook street signs and had people seeking shelter. 

As of Thursday morning, dangerous driving conditions are still being reported on both I-25 and I-40 in the northeastern part of the state. 

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