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Heavy snow hits New Mexico, closes roads

The New Mexico Department of Transportation closed parts of Interstate 40, around Albuquerque and westbound from Tucumcari to the Torrance County line.

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
The Associated Press

12/23/2011

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A winter storm blast has blanketed New Mexico, closing parts of major highways and canceling flights for holiday travelers.

Heavy snow and high winds struck the region Thursday and are expected to continue through late Friday.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation closed parts of Interstate 40, around Albuquerque and westbound from Tucumcari to the Torrance County line.

Large portions of Interstate 25 from Truth or Consequences to Las Cruces also were closed and authorities were urging motorists to seek shelter in hotels.

NMDT also closed I-10 from point six miles east of the Arizona state line all the way to Las Cruces to allow crews to remove snow from the interstate.

Reports indicate that section of I-10 could remain closed throughout the day.

The National Weather Service reported Friday that parts of New Mexico received 16 inches of snow, stranding dozens of motorists.

In Colorado, operations at the Denver airport were getting back to normal after a storm that brought about 10 inches of snow.

Kevin Jones of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at kevinj@thetrucker.com.

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