ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A storm that began dumping snow overnight has closed schools and government offices in the metro.
The University of New Mexico announced it has closed for the day due to weather conditions.
All classes at the school have been canceled for today only, UNM said in an email.
But UNM employees in previously designated critical areas are expected to maintain regular work schedules as usual.
All non-essential employees, unless otherwise specified by their respective supervisors, will not be expected to report to work.
All classes at the Health Sciences Center also were canceled today.
East Mountain, Albuquerque Public Schools and Rio Rancho schools , the City of Albuquerque, the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College were among those closed.
Forecasters say the storm in Albuquerque was just getting started early Tuesday morning and said the city could get up to 6 inches in some locations.
Albuquerque metro residents were also seeing wind chill temperatures in the single digits and teens this morning, according to the National Weather Service. The high temperature is only expected to be in the mid-30s.
Total snow accumulations could range from a couple of inches in Albuquerque, 4-9 inches in Santa Fe and 6-12 inches along I-25 from Glorieta to Raton up to over a foot to near two feet on peaks in the northern mountains, according to Randall Hergert, a meteorologist with the Albuquerque office of the National Weather Service.