ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Parts of Albuquerque are getting snow and wind Wednesday and it’s going to continue for the rest of the morning. The snow was just barely starting to stick in the area of Eubank and Lomas around 6:00 a.m. with the real issue being the wind.
The wind was making it hard for drivers on the road to see with 40 to 60 mile per hour gusts reported. On the drive to that area, a KRQE News 13 crew saw four transformers blow with one going out at Tramway and I-40. Another transformer that went out on Eubank and Lomas caught fire.
Lights are back up and running for most, however, the crew was in complete darkness for a while. At last check around 10:30 a.m., PNM was reporting more than 4,000 people around New Mexico without power while early in the morning that number was up to over 19,000. The Albuquerque Police Department was out on the streets directing traffic where they could.
Snowplows were out on the streets with one seen on Tramway. Commuters are urged to be prepared for strong winds and to take it slow. If you do come across a dark intersection, drivers are asked to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.