Snow provides family fun, dangerous driving conditions

Snow provides family fun, dangerous driving conditions

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A blustery new year’s storm that was expected to dump snow across New Mexico left just a dusting of white in the metro area.

What snow did stick in Albuquerque has already disappeared, but that doesn’t mean the state is in the clear just yet when it comes to winter driving conditions.

Snow started falling in the early hours of the new year from Los Lunas north into Albuquerque. The powder blanketed I-40 west of the city and into the East Mountains at Sedillo Hill.

Plows were running with crews working to clear snow that was making for some slick roads. Up to half an inch of snow fell in Albuquerque, but before the dusting disappeared, at least one group tried to get in some sledding at Roosevelt Park.

“It’s kind of warm and it’s not so deep that she’s going to get wet and miserable, so it’s turned out pretty well,” said Laurie Thomas.

In the North Valley, two siblings swept up any snow they could in an attempt to make a real-life version of a “Frozen” favorite.

“She wanted to make Olaf, but it’s not a very good Olaf,” said Marcelo Sandoval.

“We were just happy that it actually snowed,” said Marisol Sandoval.

Another family on a New Year’s Day walk in Rio Rancho tested out their snow angel-making skills on a paved pathway.

“We wish there was more, but we love it,” said Melissa Leymon. “It’s just a nice way to spend the family morning.”

Driving conditions

For the most part, the light snow didn’t last for long in the metro, however, crews have been spreading salt and cinder on main roads throughout the day because the melted snow and bitter cold has Albuquerque officials worried.

“As you drive tonight, you see black, you think it’s pavement and it’s dry and there could be black ice, especially in overpasses and in some of the low-lying areas,” said Wilfed Gallegos, CABQ director of municipal development.

Gallegos says crews will check out possible areas of concern before the morning commute.

Snow throughout New Mexico

The winter weather dumped snow across much of the state.

From Glorieta all the way up to Raton Pass, the northern part of New Mexico got a dusting.

Even Tucumcari saw some snow, but it looks like road crews were able to keep up with the storm.

In Espanola, drivers had to move through wet streets and in Pojoaque, the major roads in that area were cleared pretty quickly.

Up north, Durango also got hit with this latest storm. U.S. 550 to Durango was snowpacked which made for a difficult and dangerous drive. Durango Mountain Resort got 5 inches of snow in 24 hours.

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