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Updated at 11:05am — Big I Back Open

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — All roads leading into and out of N.M.'s biggest intersection are clear.

11:50am UPDATE: Interstate 40 in eastern New Mexico is reported back open, but snow-packed, and Interstate 25 has been closed from Raton north to Colorado Springs. U.S. 64/87 between Raton and Clayton is shut down.

We've also learned that Kirtland Air Force Base and Los Alamos National Lab have closed for the day. And federal court in Santa Fe is shut for the day.

Click here for the latest. 


 

Albuquerque's Big I is back open for business, reopening between 10:30 and 10:45 this morning, Albuquerque Police Department spokesman John Walsh tells ABQjournal.com.

Numerous collisions during the early-morning hours, including a 7- to 10-car pileup around 4 this morning forced the closure first of the Big I itself, then of significant stretches of I-25 (from San Antonio to Gibson) and I-40 (from 4th to Carlisle).

But all roads are open now, Walsh said.


 

10:25am UPDATE: University of New Mexico spokeswoman Karen Wentworth tells us that UNM will be closed for the rest of the day.


 

10:05am UPDATE: The radio reporters have been telling us all morning that the most snow recorded in Albuquerque overnight was 7 inches at Moon and Montgomery NE (with 6 inches reported in the foothills, 4 inches at the airport). But an e-mailer told us moments ago he found 9 inches had fallen at Spain and Morris NE.

It's still coming down, folks.


 

9:30am UPDATE: Sorry, but we just got to the e-mail sent in much earlier that UNM offices will open at noon, not at 10 a.m. as earlier announced.


 

9:10am UPDATE: Interstate 40 eastbound from Tramway in Albuquerque remains closed to Tucumcari, but has been reopened from Tucumcari to the Texas state line after being shut down overnight, KKOB is reporting.


 

8:55am UPDATE: St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque will be closed for the day, rather than go on a two-hour delay as earlier announced.


8:30am — Big I Closure Expands: I-25 now closed between San Antonio and Gibson; I-40 shut from 4th to Carlisle.

8:30am UPDATE: All the lights are back on in the Tanoan area, PNM tells KKOB Radio reporters. Some 4,100 customers were without power early this morning, and some power was partially restored about an hour ago.


 

8:25am UPDATE: The 4th Judicial District Court offices in San Miguel County have been closed for the day.

And southbound Interstate 25 about 20 miles south of Socorro was closed this morning after a couple tractor-trailers skidded off the roadway, State Police Lt. Rick Anglada told The Associated Press .


 

8:15am UPDATE: Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, earlier put on a two-hour delay, has been closed for the day, Metro Court spokeswoman Janet Blair tells us.


 

8:10am UPDATE: Eastbound Paseo del Norte called "a parking lot" with some commuters having waited in stalled traffic "for hours," according to KKOB's traffic reporter.


 

7:45am UPDATE: The State-Tribal Health and Human Services Summit, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, has been canceled due to weather and driving conditions and will be rescheduled at a later date, the state Human Services Department has announced.

And power has been restored to about 1,800 customers in the Tanoan area, leaving about 1,200 without electricity, PNM tells KKOB. The utility said it hopes to have all power back on by 8:30 a.m. 


 

7:30am UPDATE: Alameda Boulevard, from the Rio Grande to Interstate 25, is like an "ice rink," KKOB's traffic reporter tells us.

And the Morning Show's new host, Bob Clark, passes on the Albuquerque city offices are on a two-hour delay.


 

Early-morning traffic is a mess. An earlier partial shutdown of the Big I has been expanded and is likely to remain in effect for most of the morning. So find an alternate route … or better, if you can, stay home. 

Interstate 25 is now closed between San Antonio and Gibson and Interstate 40 is closed between 4th Street and Carlisle, according to the latest from 770 KKOB Radio. Albuquerque Police Department spokesman John Walsh is telling KKOB that police are hoping to have the roads back open for the rush hour, but for some the rush hour is already here — and traffic is backing up big-time on the interstates.

Bernalillo County offices and Rio Rancho city offices are on a two-hour delay, and Bernalillo public schools, originally on a two-hour delay, will be closed for the day, KKOB is reporting. No word yet on Albuquerque city offices. And Santa Fe public schools are closed, not delayed, KKOB reports.

Check here for the latest closings, delays and highway alerts. Or go to the state Department of Transportation's Web site for the latest road information.

PNM is reporting about 4,100 customers without power in the Tanoan area, KOAT-TV is reporting.

I-40 eastbound from Tramway exit to the Texas state line remains in effect. 


5:30am — Big I Mostly Closed: I-25 open in N.M., except for ABQ; eastbound I-40 still shut from ABQ to Texas.

A winter storm warning for much of New Mexico was set to expire at 5 this morning, but it's still snowing pretty hard — at least in north Albuquerque coming in from the west side.

That winter storm warning has been extended until 5 this afternoon for Santa Fe, 11 this morning for Albuquerque. Keep watching the National Weather Service map for New Mexico; things keep changing. 

City and state police have just ordered the closure of the Big I, at least the Interstate 25 portions, with the Interstate 40 sides expected to follow. KOAT-TV was reporting a half-inch of ice on the roadway at the interchange, and KOB-TV said there was a five-car accident at New Mexico's biggest crossroads. Action 7 News' A.J. Smith said there were at least seven cars in the pileup, maybe as many as 10.

(6:05am UPDATE) Police are considering a shutdown of I-25 all the way from San Antonio to Gibson, due to a rash of weather-related accidents, A.J. is reporting. 

The magic number this morning is 26 — that's the current temperature, well below freezing. So it behooves you commuters to be careful and be patient! It took us more than an hour to make a 10-minute commute home yesterday at mid-afternoon.

Interstate 40 was shut down last night from the Tramway exit in Albuquerque all the way eastbound to the Texas state line, and it remains closed at this hour — though highway officials hope to get the road open again after sunup, KOAT-TV is reporting.

Meanwhile, I-40 is open west of Albuquerque on to the Arizona state line, but you'll need to watch for slick, icy spots.

The Albuquerque International Sunport was shut down for about four hours Wednesday, but is trying to get back to normal and catch up on delayed or canceled flights this morning. You can call your airline to check on any flights today — and thanks to KOAT's comprehensive up-to-the-minute weather coverage, you can click on this "Real-Time Flight Information " Web site for your flight status.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of weather-related delays and closings to report.

District courts in Bernalillo and Valencia counties are on a two-hour delay this morning; Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court gets started at 10 a.m.; Sandia National Labs are delayed two hours, as are Kirtland Air Force Base, the Social Security offices on Cutler NE, Santa Fe County offices, Santa Fe Magistrate Court and the University of New Mexico offices.

Moriarty Municipal Schools, Corona Public Schools and Cuba Independent Schools are closed for the day, and on two-hour delay are schools in Espanola, Grady, Los Lunas, McCurdy, San Jon, Socorro, St. Mike's in Santa Fe, St. Pius in Albuquerque, Vaughn and West Las Vegas.

For a complete and updated list of closures, delays and traffic alerts , go to Action 7 News' "First Alert Weather." Check it out frequently — an hour ago there were 102 listings; now there are 146.

Things are supposed to clear up by Thursday — ironically enough, the first day of winter — with partly cloudy skies giving way to some sunshine and temperatures in the low 40s. Then expect another storm to come our way Friday night and Saturday — just in time for the inaugural New Mexico Bowl. (Can't you see those ESPN announcers and fans from across the country scratching their heads — Snow! In New Mexico?" 

  

 

 

 

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