The Latest: 24-mile stretch of I-40 closed in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico weather (all times local):
A 24-mile (39-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 40 in central New Mexico is closed to traffic in both directions because of blizzard conditions.
According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s road-conditions website , the closure Friday is between Moriarity and Clines Corner.
Most of New Mexico is under a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service due to heavy snow expected to continue through Saturday morning.
New Mexicans faced disruption of some public services and hazardous travel conditions Friday due to a blizzard.
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for Albuquerque and most of the rest of New Mexico is under a winter storm warning through Saturday morning.
State officials report severe driving conditions in south-central and east-central parts of the state, with fair driving conditions reported in the southern, north-central and northeastern regions. Meanwhile, the Albuquerque airport reports flight cancellations and delays.
The Albuquerque Police Department closed its Foothills Substation because of the weather and said it is discouraging residents from driving in that part of the city, while the Rio Metro Regional Transit District closed its Dial-a-Ride office and bus service Friday.
Public Service Co. of New Mexico reported that it had restored power to thousands of customers in the environs of Albuquerque but that thousands of others were still without power due to the storm.
The National Weather Service on Friday issued a blizzard warning for Albuquerque where snow caused “treacherous travel conditions” on roadways and interfered with air travel as some flights were delayed or canceled at the city’s airport.
Albuquerque International Sunport officials reported “some delays and cancellations” of departing flights and advised passengers to check with their airlines.
Forecasters say the snowfall would decrease Friday night as drier air arrives over New Mexico but that snow accumulations would continue along and east of the state’s south-central mountains Saturday morning.
Albuquerque and Santa Fe were among cities announcing two-hour delays in the openings of municipal offices.