Valencia County residents enjoy another snow day

New Mexico

While snow shut down dozens of businesses in Valencia County, there were still plenty of people who didn’t let the ice slow them down.

“It’s just cold out here. it’s just cold,” said Rita Chavez Reyes. 

The drive-thru line at McDonald’s in Belen was wrapped around the building. Servers at Rutilio’s Restaurant nearby also say the snow boosted their business.

“I do see a lot of people coming to eat so I guess people aren’t wanting to cook,” said Delbert Jaramillo. 

People in Belen and Los Lunas say main roads are pretty clear and easy to travel, but they say neighborhoods and rural parts of Valencia County still have ice, and that that’s where drivers are running into trouble.

“The roads are pretty icy. I got stuck behind some cars that were sliding, you know if you had to make a stop at a stop sign or stop light you were spinning your wheels,” Jaramillo said. 

One stranded traveler says the ice wasn’t just on back roads.

“The interstate was the problem,” said Sandy Elder.

She decided to stay in another day before hitting the roads again.

In Los Lunas, Daniel Fernandez Memorial Park was covered in snow but completely empty Wednesday morning.

“There’s not a lot of footprints or anything. Maybe it’s just a matter of us not being used to snow in Los Lunas,” said Marcos Castillo, Recreation Supervisor. 

Inside the recreation center near the park, it was a different story. Kids in the village’s winter camp weren’t too excited about the snow. 

“We were playing hockey earlier but the kids wanted to come inside,” said one staff member.

“I got neighbors too and I’d thought I’d see the kids out, and I think what it is, is maybe it’s too cold for them,” said Herman Garcia, Parks Supervisor. 

Castillo says they typically have about 35 kids in the program, but not even half of them showed up on Wednesday. He says some parents weren’t used to all the snow and chose to stay off the roads.

“Even when Albuquerque gets it we don’t get too much here,” Castillo said. 

He’s hoping by Thursday the kids will have a change of heart before the snow is all gone. 

“We’re definitely going to take the kids out to do some sledding in the snow,” Castillo said. 

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