U.S. 64 reopens following snow-related closure

Emergency officials urge drivers to use caution

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 1/11/19

U.S. 64 has been reopened after being closed in both directions between the mouth of Taos Canyon and Angel Fire as of Friday afternoon (Jan. 11), according to Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe.

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U.S. 64 reopens following snow-related closure

Emergency officials urge drivers to use caution

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Updated: 3:12 p.m., Friday.  The home Taos Tiger basketball game scheduled tonight against the St. Pius Sartans has been canceled due to weather. 

Updated 1:45 p.m.: U.S. 64 between Taos and Angel Fire has been reopened.

U.S. 64 has been reopened after being closed in both directions between the mouth of Taos Canyon and Angel Fire as of Friday afternoon (Jan. 11), according to Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe.

A six-car accident was reported on the highway. The accident includes a rollover with injuries, though Hogrefe does not believe the injuries were "too serious."

Road conditions are dangerous in many places. The sheriff reports State Road 68 between Ranchos de Taos and Espanola was  "pretty bad, pretty slick, and still is." For more information, see NMRoads.com

"We urge drivers to be extra cautious. Road conditions are snow packed and icy and are hazardous. Please slow down and allow yourself lots of extra time if you absolutely must be out on the roads," read a message from the Taos County fire and EMS chiefs. 

Meanwhile, the surprisingly robust snowstorm has forced local government offices and schools to close early or altogether. 

Taos Municipal Schools will close the middle and high schools at 12:30 p.m. and the elementary schools at 1:30.

UNM-Taos, Taos International School and Anansi Charter School  all announced they will be closed today. Campuses are scheduled to open for regular hours on Monday (January 14).

Peñasco and Questa schools do not hold regular classes for students on Fridays.
Taos County, the town of Taos and the village of Questa have all closed their offices due to the snow.

Taos offices including Town Hall, the library, visitors center, landfill and others  will reopen 8 a.m.  Monday (January 14). County transfer stations will also close at noon Friday and will likely remain closed  Saturday.

Questa officials advise that in case of emergency, "call 9-1-1 or (575) 758-2217." The village public works on-call number is (575) 613-2855.

Kit Carson offices are closed.

Hazardous conditions are expected to continue through the evening with snow starting up again Sunday evening and into Monday (January 13-14).

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