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Hazardous conditions from major snowstorm settle in after Christmas holiday

By Rick Romancito
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 12/27/18

Sadly, there was no white Christmas in Taos this year. But, that quickly changed Wednesday (Dec. 26) ...

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Welcome to winter

Hazardous conditions from major snowstorm settle in after Christmas holiday

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Sadly, there was no white Christmas in Taos this year. But, that quickly changed Wednesday (Dec. 26) when a major winter snowstorm brought a powdery blanket of much-needed white stuff into Taos County and Northern New Mexico.

As might be expected, the storm also brought a flurry of traffic accidents, highway road closures and traveler headaches Wednesday afternoon, keeping area law enforcement and emergency services busy.

Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said his department responded to 21 snow-related calls in two hours Wednesday (Dec. 26), while the Taos Police Department responded to 5 calls in town limits, according to Taos Police Chief David Trujilo.

As the sun rose Thursday morning (Dec. 27), roads in the town of Taos appeared largely plowed and sanded, though some slick spots remained. Travel is still discouraged as crews continue to deal with snow accumulations topping around 5-6 inches in town.

This, however, is just the first punch. Isolated snow showers are expected through the morning, with winds about 5 mph. Tonight, heavy snow is expected to fall around midnight, according to the National Weather Service. New snow accumulation is expected to  be between 1-3 inches.

Friday (Dec. 28), the high is expected to be around 24 degrees with another 1-3 inches of snowfall expected. After midnight, the storm is expected to taper off.

After a little respite, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day may see a 40 percent chance of precipitation with highs around 20-25 degrees.

Skiers are, of course, delighted.

Taos Ski Valley reports 6 inches of new snow accumulation overnight on top of a 34-inch base. Red River reports 5 inches overnight on top of a 24-inch base. Angel Fire reports 9 inches overnight with a base depth of 25 inches. And, at Sipapu in southern Taos County, 10 inches are reported overnight on top of a 26-inch base.

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