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Difficult commute expected tomorrow morning for East Mountain residents

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Falling snow and below freezing temperatures will make the commute for East Mountain residents difficult tomorrow morning according to the National Weather Service.

Andrew Church, a spokesman with the Albuquerque office, said East Mountain communities, including Sandia Park, Tijeras and Cedar Crest, can expect to see 3 to 6 inches of snow tonight.

“It’s cold,” he said. “Temperatures are in the teens so anything that falls will stick. It’s going to be a challenging commute for those residents tomorrow morning.”

According to, road conditions around the state are becoming difficult. Conditions have been classified as severe just south of Vaughn along US 285. According to the website, New Mexico State Police have closed US 285 from 204 Vaughn to mile marker 69 Artesia because of freezing fog, blowing snow and black ice. Most of the roads in the northeast are classified as having difficult driving conditions.

Church said Red River has seen 15 inches and that the snow may taper off into the evening but will start back up again after midnight.

Angel Fire Resort spokeswoman Krysty Ronchetti said in an email to the Journal that the resort had received 12.5 inches of snow and is expecting more before the day is done. Ronchetti said the snow is good news for local resorts with only four more weeks of ski season left.

There is currently little snow fall in Albuquerque but the Weather Service said there is a 50 percent chance of snow tonight and tomorrow morning.