As roads freeze, crashes pile up

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) -When nightfall hit Wednesday, roads began to freeze causing accidents all over Albuquerque.

Multiple accidents were reported on westbound I-40 and Second Street due to the snow and slick roads, according to APD. Two semis and two cars crashed. The area was closed for the majority of the evening Wednesday, but opened around 9:30 p.m.

Several accidents were also reported on Montano Road from Fourth Street to Coors, which caused that stretch to be closed for several hours.

Northbound I-25 at Tramway was also closed due to weather conditions for several hours, but opened around 9 p.m.

Earlier in the day, an accident closed the intersection at Coors and Central, according to APD. That crash involved a truck that went over the sidewalk and knocked out power. The intersection will be a four-way stop throughout the evening and into the morning, police say.

No serious injuries have been reported.

All-day storm

On Wednesday, officials issued a winter storm warning for Bernalillo County until 8 a.m. Thursday. After snow fell all day and roads became dangerous at night, Albuquerque Public Schools decided to put schools on a two-hour delay Thursday, as did several other schools.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History also announced it will open at 10 a.m. Thursday instead of 9 a.m.

Winter storm warnings were also issued for the Jemez Mountains through the Rio Grande Valley and into the norther portions of the Gila. Winter Weather Advisories are also up for other parts of the state.

Another storm will follow on the heels of this one for Thursday night into Friday morning. This storm will again favor the higher terrain, but some light snow will still be possible for some of the lower elevations.

While more snow is coming in, the snowmelt runoff is expected to be very low this year.

State engineers are predicting 70 percent of average near the Colorado Border, but just 30 percent of average on the Jemez River, Mimbres River and the Rio Grande entering Elephant Butte.

Engineers are predicting another especially dry summer.

Out and about in the storm

The snow started coming down in Albuquerque before noon. In the northeast, the snow didn’t slow people down Wednesday. At ABQ Uptown, plenty of people were shopping.

“I like it, it’s beautiful, you know,” said Benny Gaona, who was shopping at ABQ Uptown. “Albuquerque never gets snow, so it’s kind of nice to have it.”

One woman said she wasn’t going to let Mother Nature keep her inside.

“Well, I have a babysitter and I have a newborn, so I needed to exchange some Christmas presents, so I just jumped on it and I didn’t care if the weather was snowing or not,” said Erin Nelson while shopping in Uptown.

The foothills have also taken a good hit with plenty of flurries coming down.

rivers at the Big-I took it slowly this afternoon as the flakes fell on the interchange.

At UNM, some very cold-looking students braved the elements to get to class. Everyone has been watching the skies hoping for some moisture, and maybe even a snow day.

“The snow is great,” said James Padilla. “I actually love it. I hope they send us home, actually. That’d be great”

Andrea Boone echoed Padilla’s positive statement.

“I think it’s refreshing because we need moisture in the state,” she said.

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