Winter weather impacts varied across New Mexico

New Mexico News

Sunday’s winter storm had impacts all across the state, but just how severe was varied.

Albuquerque Metro residents seemed fairly happy with the storm.

“I guess I’m surprised, but I’m happy that maybe it’ll get back to how it used to be years ago,” said Maryanne Norero.

“I love it, we need the moisture,” said Diane Castillo.

As usual, the metro had sporadic snow totals, with parts of Rio Rancho and Albuquerque spared from any snow and others getting quite a bit.

“I thought it was kind of crazy because we never get snow here,” said Albuquerque resident Emily Burk. “But, I just love the snow.”

Thankfully, roads have not iced over, but they were still wet.

Albuquerque Fire Rescue responded to a crash on Paseo and Unser where a vehicle rolled. One person was treated for minor injuries. 

Slushy and wet conditions were reported across the state, which prompted a brief I-40 closure according to the DOT.

“I-40 near mile marker 94 which is about 15 miles east of Grants was closed. We had a couple of accidents in that area but it has since been opened,” said NMDOT spokesperson Delane Baros.

DOT and the City of Albuquerque are keeping a close eye out for freezing conditions in preparation for Monday morning’s commute.

“The patrol supervisors will continue doing road patrols, especially on the east side where the roads are wet right now,” said Delane Baros, NMDOT spokeswoman for District 6. “They’ll monitor those roads and if they start to turn to ice then they’ll bring the plows back out.”

Snow came down hard on Los Alamos. One Los Alamos resident measured nearly seven inches of snow in her yard.

The Los Alamos Daily Post shared pictures with KRQE News 13 of the Sonic in Los Alamos, where heavy snowfall forced a roof to cave in and trapped cars underneath. No injuries were reported, but Sonic is closed until further notice.

Officials are urging drivers to drive slowly and be vigilant during your morning commute. Crews will be on standby in case roads become icy overnight.

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