Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Airport Measures Record Snowfall.

Byline: Fritz Thompson, Jeff Jones and Katie Burford Journal Staff Writers


* Many roads closed across New Mexico; four killed in traffic accidents

Albuquerque's main arteries were paralyzed Tuesday evening during a record snowstorm for Dec. 26.

City and county rescue workers struggled to deal with a flood of wrecks as commuters attempted to make their way home on ice-covered roads.

"It's a mess. It's solid ice," an Albuquerque Police Department dispatcher said of road conditions Tuesday night.

Rough weather throughout the state left roads like ice skating rinks and triggered four deaths.

Road conditions and a string of traffic accidents forced authorities to temporarily shut down Interstate 40 from Nine Mile Hill to Juan Tabo.

Interstate 25 was also at a standstill for more than 1 1/2 hours because of a four-vehicle pileup involving a semi-trailer, all traveling southbound near the exit for Lead and Coal SE.

A Colfax County Sheriff's dispatcher said a key Interstate 25 link between New Mexico and Colorado, the Raton Pass, was open but that travel was discouraged.

According to the National Weather Service, the snowfall began at 6 a.m. Tuesday and continued until about 7 p.m. Accumulation of almost a foot was registered in the foothills, while low-lying areas received 3 inches.

According to an Albuquerque-based meteorologist with the weather service, the 4 inches registered at the airport was a record for Dec. …

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