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Heavy Snow and High Winds Close Roads and Delay Flights in New Mexico

December 24, 2011 – ALBUQUERQUE, NM: Heavy snow from a winter storm blanketed parts of the West on Friday, stranding motorists throughout New Mexico and delaying holiday travelers trying to fly in and out of Albuquerque and Denver. The snow and high winds struck the region Thursday and forced dozens of drivers off Interstate 40 after severe conditions made driving in western New Mexico nearly impossible.

“If you don’t have (four-wheel drive) and you just have two-wheel… you’re either going to spin or stay stuck,” motorist Tarquin Wilding told KOAT-TV while in Grants, N.M., on his way to Santa Fe.

Grants and parts of western New Mexico were slammed with more than a foot of snow by Friday morning, the National Weather Service reported. A winter storm warning for the state expired in the afternoon, but meteorologists said the snow wasn’t expected to clear up until the weekend. Some parts of the state saw 17 inches of snow as state and local police responded to dozens of minor accidents. No major injuries were reported.

…(Associated Press)

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