Messy roads expected Tuesday, difficult driving conditions reported

Traffic and Roads

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The major winter storm that hit New Mexico this weekend resulted in much of the state being compromised with strong winds, snowfall, and low temperatures. As of Tuesday morning, there are multiple highways and roads across the state identified by the New Mexico Department of Transportation as difficult to drive on.

Road conditions as reported by NMDOT as of 12:11 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. (NMROADS)

Road Closures:

  • NM 120 from mile marker 3 to mile marker 12 commercial vehicle blocking roadway
  • NM 72 eastbound and westbound from mile marker 0 to mile marker 36. Roadway is closed.
  • NM 159 from mile marker 12 to mile marker 23. NMDOT has closed the gates located on NM 159 (Bursum Road) seasonally. Lower gate at milepost 12.3 and the upper gate located at milepost 22.6 will be closed due to expected winter weather conditions making the roadway impassable. NMDOT reports those travelling are asked to use US 180 to NM 12 (Reserve) to NM 435 (Reserve Beaverhead Road) for access into Willow Creek, Snow Lake and the Gila National Forest.

Severe Driving Conditions:

  • Severe driving conditions exist in the Bernalillo area due to slushy, snow-packed, and icy spots. NMDOT reports zero visibility due to blizzard conditions and travel is discouraged.

Difficult Driving Conditions:

Difficult driving conditions are reported primarily in the northern and southern parts of the state as road conditions are wet, snow-packed, and icy. Drivers are urged to use caution, reduce speed, and obey all posted traffic signs.

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