Winter storm produces difficult driving conditions on some northern New Mexico highways


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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — A snow storm moving across northern and central New Mexico has led to Santa Fe state employees being sent home early.

Other Santa Fe city offices, libraries and courts also were closed at 2 p.m. Friday due to inclement weather and hazardous road conditions.

Forecasters predict heavy snow in the mountains and a mix of rain and snow in lower elevations.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation reported difficult driving conditions on some highways, including Interstate 25 between Rowe and Watrous.

That stretch of I-25 is wet, snow-packed and icy in spots and crews are out plowing, salting and cindering.

The National Weather Service says precipitation will continue through Saturday before diminishing Saturday night.

Forecasters say a foot of snow is likely at elevations above 9,000 feet.

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