December 26th, 2018 – Winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings are in place through the day for the Sangre de Cristos and the San Juans where at least 6″ will fall. Sections of I-40 and I-25 will become slick throughout the day as light snow develops. Snow has been falling in the metro but marginal surface temperatures are preventing substantial accumulations. Far east metro, near Tramway, should see light accumulations this afternoon. All of the mountains will pick up snow today into tonight.
Accumulations on the roads are possible Thursday morning, especially near Raton Pass where a winter storm warning is in place. The northern mountains will continue to get scattered snow on Thursday. Another storm will begin to impact the area late Thursday into Friday. Widespread snow is likely and accumulations in the metro look possible. This storm will be much colder, which will increase snow ratios allowing for heft snow totals in the mountains.
Below are safe winter driving tips from NMDOT:
- Reduce your speed. The best accident prevention on snow and ice is to SLOW DOWN and leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you for emergencies.
- Practice good winter driving techniques. Keep your gas tank full, turn on your head lights, keep your windshield washer fluid full with antifreeze, keep winter driving chains in your vehicle, have a winter survival kit, which includes:
- Hand warmers packets
- First aid supplies
- High energy snacks
- Bottled water and read your owner’s manual for special instructions on driving 4-wheel drive vehicles and vehicles with ABS on snow and ice.
- Avoid driving in a snow cloud. Large vehicles, such as semi-trailer trucks and snow plows, may produce dense clouds of blowing snow that make it difficult for drivers to see. When drivers encounter snow clouds, they should stay back to avoid the cloud.
- Plan ahead and be patient. Delays are common during bad weather. Leave a little earlier and be patient with delays
- Check before you pass. Know where a snow plow and blade are before trying to pass. On multi-lane highways, the plow can be in your blind spot. Before attempting to pass make sure it is safe.
- Pay attention to weather forecasts. Winter storms in New Mexico can become severe quickly, so stay tuned to weather forecasts when planning your trip.
- Don’t use cruise control. Never use cruise control when the roads are in slippery conditions. Using your cruise control can reduce your control of the vehicle if your tires begin to skid or slip.
- Know your current road conditions. Visit the NMDOT website for current road advisory information at http://nmroads.com, or dial 511 in the state, or call 1-800-432-4269. You can also view KRQE’s Traffic Map.
- Wear your seatbelt. Wear your seatbelt and make sure all passengers also “buckle up.”