Snowstorm dumps on Albuquerque - Albuquerque Journal

Snowstorm dumps on Albuquerque

Well, that was unexpected.

Days after schools and government offices were closed for a winter storm that didn’t quite pan out, Albuquerque got walloped Friday night.

“This is the most snow we’ve had in 24 hours here at the Sunport this season,” said meteorologist Brian Guyer with the National Weather Service.

The Weather Service recorded 3.5 inches of fresh powder at the Sunport and Guyer said even more fell in the foothills, where Tramway was closed near Interstate 25 for part of the night due to hazardous road conditions.

Streets in other parts of the Duke City did not fare much better as city buses experienced delays and several routes were detoured.

Friday evening, cars crawled cautiously through Nob Hill and many people could be seen on the sidewalks or gazing out the windows of restaurants.

“I was looking forward to it,” Jim Firkins said as he watched fat snowflakes fall past the awning of the Guild Cinema along Central Avenue.”I’m pleased that it’s snowing tonight.”

Firkins was out retrieving a hat he left at the theater the night before and, living only a block away, decided to walk through the slushy and “festive” streets.

“It looks nice, not that cold, the wind ain’t blowing. I’m enjoying it,” he said. “I’m ambivalent, I try to enjoy the weather however it is.”

On the University of New Mexico’s Johnson Field, dozens of people built snowmen, made snow angels and carved large messages in the powder as the fluorescent bulbs above gave the whole atmosphere an ethereal glow.

UNM students Hayley Babbitt and Malena Cross had already destroyed their snow angels and were working on the midsection of a large snowman when spotted.

“It’s nice that it’s actually snow and not melting in 30 minutes,” Babbitt said. “I’m generally someone who’s like, ‘let it be 80 degrees,’ but if it’s going to be cold at least have it snow.”

Guyer said the storm benefitted from lots of moisture and it was the first system that came without a “snowshadow” or “snowhole” – referring to the strong winds that keep snow from falling in the metro area.

Today will see the storm clear out, bringing the high temperature in Albuquerque into the 40s and then into the 50s next week.

“Then it slowly warms up and most people are probably ready for that,” he said.

Home » News » Albuquerque News » Snowstorm dumps on Albuquerque


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
Rains ease drought, but flooding threats loom
ABQnews Seeker
In the past two weeks, some ... In the past two weeks, some parts of New Mexico have received more than half of their typical annual rainfall. The persistent rain is ...
2
Governor issues order aimed at protecting abortion access in ...
ABQnews Seeker
Three days after the U.S. Supreme ... Three days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a landmark abortion ruling, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday signed an executive order aimed at ...
3
BCSO looking for information on homicide at gas station
ABQnews Seeker
Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies are looking ... Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a gray sedan that may have been involved in a homicide at a South Valley gas station ...
4
Supreme Court backs coach in praying on field after ...
ABQnews Seeker
The Supreme Court said Monday that ... The Supreme Court said Monday that a high school football coach who knelt and prayed on the field after games was protected by the ...
5
Police looking for info after shooting on I-40
ABQnews Seeker
  Albuquerque police are asking for ...   Albuquerque police are asking for the public's help after someone was shot in the legs while driving on the interstate two and a ...
6
Why captions are suddenly everywhere and how they got ...
ABQnews Seeker
People with hearing loss have a ... People with hearing loss have a new ally in their efforts to navigate the world: Captions that aren't limited to their television screens and ...
7
VA clinics in northern NM to stay open
ABQnews Seeker
New Mexico's U.S. senators announced on ... New Mexico's U.S. senators announced on Twitter Monday that Veterans Affairs clinics in New Mexico are no longer at risk of closing. The Department ...
8
NM department heads, others didn't disclose financial info
ABQnews Seeker
Elected officials, the leaders of state ... Elected officials, the leaders of state agencies and certain other appointees are required to file annual disclosures
9
New Mexico paid sick leave law set to take ...
ABQnews Seeker
The Healthy Workplaces Act applies to ... The Healthy Workplaces Act applies to all private businesses