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Snow hits parts of NM, ends ABQ’s record dry spell

Donna Jernigan walks her foster dog Harvey around Alvarado Park, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M. (Marla Brose/Journal)

Donna Jernigan walks her foster dog Harvey around Alvarado Park, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M. (Marla Brose/Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Snow and ice have struck parts of New Mexico causing difficult driving condition and ending a record-breaking winter dry spell in the state’s largest city.

The National Weather Service says parts of Santa Fe saw close to four inches of snow early Tuesday prompting school officials to cancel classes.

Albuquerque asaw around three inches of snow Tuesday, breaking the city’s longest dry streak – defined as no precipitation, including trace amounts – of 43 days in the winter months.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation says Interstate 25 between Rowe and Raton is snow-packed and icy, and U.S. 64 is snow-packed and icy for about 45 miles east of I-25 and about 70 miles west of I-25.

Additional fresh snow will fall in northern New Mexico through Tuesday as well as elsewhere in higher elevations.

Meteorologist Todd Shoemake said there’s a 20 percent chance showers could continue into today, but that chance – along with the temperature – will drop tonight.

Another disturbance moves into Albuquerque on Wednesday, with a 50 percent chance of precipitation Wednesday night.

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