Drivers urged to use caution as storm moves into New Mexico

New Mexico
Drivers urged to use caution as storm moves into New Mexico

People are bracing for the snow that could make for a tricky commute. 

As the conditions worsen, drivers are being urged to stay off the roads. Difficult driving conditions are already being reported across northern New Mexico and conditions are only expected to get worse. 

Grants is one of the first areas that could see snow. 

Drivers who came from further west said they saw a few car wrecks and some nasty conditions on I-40 where snow has already fallen. Until about 9:30 p.m., it was just the wind in Grants along with temperatures dipping below freezing. 

The Department of Transportation says if you choose to travel be prepared for the elements and have things like water, snacks and blankets on hand. 

“In the event that we have to close down a road or something happens out there that’s unforeseeable we definitely want people to have a little safety net in their car with them,” Kimberly Gallegos, DOT spokesperson, said. 

Some of the drivers who KRQE News 13 spoke with said they hadn’t made any extra preps for this storm, but the Cibola County Sheriff says his deputies have been watching the weather closely knowing that any snow can mean big problems for drivers who aren’t prepared. 

“You know, I-40’s a major pipeline from the east to the west and every time we have a storm here, whether it’s just a little bit of snow or a lot of snow, it really impacts travel, and you know, for some reason people don’t want to slow down,” Sheriff Tony Mace said. 

The sheriff says they’re just keeping an eye on this weather, and they’re ready to call in extra crews at a moment’s notice. 

More activity is expected to pick up overnight near Grants and closer to the metro. 

To see the latest road conditions, click here.

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