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Wintry weather creates hazardous driving conditions, prompts closures and delays

Marian Camacho, Casey Torres
January 02, 2019 06:59 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Hazardous driving conditions have been the cause of dozens of crashes in Albuquerque.

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Albuquerque officials say Albuquerque Police have responded to 87 crashes, 26 involving injuries, since midnight Tuesday.

APD officials are strongly discouraging travel Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.  Residents who have to travel should use extreme caution, drive slowly and apply light pressure to brakes when coming to a stop.

The difficult driving conditions have prompted Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque for the day. It's just one of the many delays and closures posted for Wednesday.

The City of Albuquerque non-essential services and government offices are closed Wednesday. Essential personnel are asked to contact their department director or appropriate supervisor to determine their work schedule.

The city's 311 service will remain available during regular hours as will the westside shelter to help the homeless during this storm. 

The Torrance County Office of Emergency Management has opened a shelter at the Moriarty Civic Center located at 202 Broadway. According to State Police, Moriarty High School has also been opened as a shelter due to treacherous travel conditions along I-40.

The Red Cross is on hand to help at the shelter if needed. For additional information on the shelter, contact the Torrance County Emergency Manager at 505-705-0836. 

In Santa Fe, Enrique Briano has been plowing streets in private communities since Wednesday.

He said the winters are usually slow for business since he’s a landscaper, but with the latest storm, everybody in the company is making money.

“Now we get a lot of phone calls from everywhere asking for help because people getting stuck in their driveways,” said Briano. “They can’t get out of their houses because there is a lot of snow.”

He said he hasn’t seen snowfall like this in the last three years. 

Briano is doing his part to keep the streets as safe as possible, but he still urges people to drive at slow speeds.

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Marian Camacho, Casey Torres

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