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Snow blankets ski resorts, parts of New Mexico

Morgan Aguilar, Marian Camacho and Meg Hilling
January 10, 2018 09:58 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The first winter storm of 2018 brought rain and higher elevation snow to parts of New Mexico today.

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Ski areas celebrated the snowfall that Meteorologist Eddie Garcia says will likely continue across the northwest third of the state Wednesday evening before diminishing.

KOB’s Morgan Aguilar started her storm chase dark and early in Gallup where she saw a light dusting of snow, but primarily puddles and wet roads.

About 30 miles east, near the Continental Divide is where they saw the most white on the ground. After that, she says it got harder to spot the snow from I-40. In Grants, she says there wasn’t any snow on the ground in town but you could see where it accumulated on the mountains.

In Albuquerque, it was easy to find people excited to finally see snow stick to the Sandia Mountains.

“I love it,” said Angel Moss. “I am so glad that it’s back."

Phyllis Saiz said she was glad to see much-needed moisture fall across the metro, even though it comes with an added driving risk.

“I don’t like to drive in the snow but I love the snow, but I can handle it,” said Saiz.

The official start of winter was nearly three weeks ago, but many New Mexicans feel it’s better late than never.

“It hasn’t even felt like winter,” Moss said. “This is the first day that it actually feels like winter.”

For months, the Four Corners have been bone dry, and not as they should be. But the rain finally made an appearance to many residents relief.

"We need moisture in any form. Snow would be great. Lots of it. Rain, we'll take it. We'll take anything at this time of year we should already have a couple inches of snow on the ground," Farmington resident Mary Kruger said.

But not everyone was excited about the change in weather.

"Actually I've really been enjoying the weather, just because it is so warm. Like, I think I'm allergic to the cold," Farmington resident Sheila Mobley said.

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Despite the moisture, the village of angel fire put a burn ban into effect. It outlaws outside fires, along with outdoor welding, smoking, and charcoal grills. Gas stoves and grills are OK.

The ban follows a similar one put in place for Colfax County last week.

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