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Updated: North Getting Snow; Bitter Cold on the Way

SANTA FE, N.M. — National Weather Service meteorologists say we should get used to the cold weather: Albuquerque may not see temperatures above freezing until next Thursday. In a special briefing posted this afternoon, the service says the cold snap is likely to rank among the top 12 for Albuquerque going back to 1897.

U.S. 64 between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarilla and U.S. 285 between Tres Piedras and the Colorado border are closed because of high winds, poor visibility and snowpacked, icy roads, according to the state Transportation Department.

The department also has issued a warning about severe driving conditions, including zero visibility, on I-25 around Las Vegas, N.M. where the Weather Service reported wind gusts of up to 80 mph.

Similar conditions are being reported in western N.M. from Silver City all the way north to Farmington.

Also closed is NM 532, the Apache Ski Run Road, near Ruidoso because of high winds.

Parts of the Navajo Nation saw as much as 5 inches of snow.


Snow and strong winds have struck parts of New Mexico creating blizzard-like conditions in some areas and forcing school closures.

Much of the state remained under a high wind warning until 6 p.m. Friday as difficult driving conditions were reported on some northern New Mexico highways.

Snow and wind has been reported on Interstate 25 east of Santa Fe between Glorieta and Ilfield.

Difficult driving conditions such as blowing snow and limited visibility are reported on highways near Taos Junction and Eagle Nest.