ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Park Had Closed Tuesday Because Heavy Snowfall
Carlsbad Caverns National Park reopened Wednesday after heavy snowfall shut down the popular New Mexico tourist stop a day earlier.
Carlsbad Caverns’ chief of interpretation and education, Marie Marek, said about 80 people were waiting to get into the park when it opened Wednesday morning.
Marek said that compares with the dozen or fewer people typically waiting when the park opens.
New Mexico hasn’t seen the last of winter weather this week.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the northwest quarter of the state through Thursday morning.
The advisory includes Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Farmington, Gallup, Grants, Taos, Los Alamos and Las Vegas.
Forecasters say up to three inches of snow is possible at lower elevations.
Tuesday, 29 December 2009 12:15
A winter storm moving across southern New Mexico on Tuesday was creating difficult or severe driving conditions in some areas with snowpacked and icy conditions on roadways, the state Department of Transportation reported.
Motorists were being advised to reduce speed and use extreme caution when driving in these areas, according to the department’s road conditions map.
The Associated Press reported that Carlsbad Caverns National Park was closed Tuesday due to the storm.
Carlsbad Caverns management assistant Paula Bauer said the park closed after snow made park roads slick, according to the AP. Bauer said depending on weather and road conditions, the park could reopen Wednesday.