SANTA FE — The two cold fronts that collided over Santa Fe on Sunday, dumping 4 to 6 inches of snow in the City Different, left in their wake hazardous road conditions and more than a foot of mountain snow just in time for opening day at several New Mexico ski resorts.
Record low temperatures also were set early Monday, with the minus 3 recorded at the Santa Fe airport plunging below the previous record low of 5 degrees for the same date in 1951, according to the National Weather Service. New lows for Dec. 10 also were reported at Las Vegas, N.M., with minus 6 degrees; Raton, with minus 8; and Moriarty, with minus 5.
That was a sharp contrast to the above-normal temperatures the state has experienced in recent weeks.
Snow-packed and icy roads contributed to a fatal crash Sunday evening on Interstate 25 just north of the La Cienega exit. Santa Fe resident Dorothy Mullins, 54, was killed when her Chevrolet slid off the highway, hit the barrier and ended up in the middle of the two northbound lanes, where it was struck by a truck, according to State Police.