New Mexico Road Conditions NMDOT
December 23, 2011 by staff
New Mexico Road Conditions NMDOT, Interstate 10 from Las Cruces to the Texas state line is now open but I-10 west of Las Cruces remains closed. NM-404 is now open from Anthony to Chaparral. Interstate 25 north of Las Cruces and U.S. 70 east through the San Augustin Pass remain closed.
Motorists are urged to use extreme caution on the roads. (9:41 a.m.) LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Transportation is working to clear and open highways closed due to ice, several inches of snow and temperatures that remain below freezing.
Interstates 10 and 25, U.S. 70 and most state highways are shut down until further notice.
“All our personnel and all our equipment has been out and is currently out performing snow-removal operations and will continue to do so until conditions change,” NMDOT spokeswoman Bridget Spedalieri said just after 8 a.m.
Municipal services are also affected: Las Cruces public transit is delayed by three hours, Las Cruces trash pickup could be delayed until Saturday and the city of Sunland Park has closed its offices for the day.
The snow and cold is expected to last until Saturday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Hefner.
The current storm system has dropped 5 to 10 inches of snow in the mountains, 3 to 5 inches in Truth or Consequences and 2 to 4 inches in low areas including Las Cruces, Hefner said.
“Snow is continuing today and tonight from the Rio Grande valley east, lasting, if not until early afternoon, until noon tomorrow before tapering off,” Hefner said.
Trucks with plows and salt and sand spreaders have been out since yesterday and continue to work on area highways, all of which are closed in and out of Las Cruces, said Spedalieri, but workers hope to be able to change that as soon as possible.
“That is our goal, is to open these roadways as soon as law enforcement determines they are safe enough for us to remove the barricades,” she said. “They are closed at this time due to unsafe conditions – we’ve had numerous accidents throughout southern New Mexico because of various factors, but most importantly, we need motorists to slow down a bit, plan on delays and get to their destination as slow as possible. Get there safely.” Hefner said it’s not all that unusual to see two such storms in the area this time of year, but that usually it’s not cold enough for the snow to reach Las Cruces. This month’s storms have been caused by a large ridge of high pressure farther to the west than usual, funneling cold weather from Washington State and Canada into Do?a Ana County.
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