Driving difficult as winter storm slams New Mexico; schools closed in some communities


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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Snow and ice are making driving difficult on numerous highways across New Mexico, with blizzard-like conditions reported along Interstate 40 in the eastern half of the state. Some communities' schools are closed.

The National Weather Service says the storm will continue over the state Thursday before moving out to the southeast Thursday night.

The state Department of Transportation says crews are dealing with blowing snow drifts on highways throughout northeastern New Mexico. Sections of I-25 between Glorieta and Raton and I-40 between Clines Corner and Glenrio are reportedly snow packed and icy.

The storm resulted in closures of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and schools in communities across the state, including Rio Rancho, Roswell, Clovis, Santa Fe and Albuquerque's East Mountain area.

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