Bitter cold grips Los Alamos area

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Temperatures expected to dip below zero tonight and Wednesday night

By The Staff

If you thought it was cold Tuesday morning, brace yourself.

It’s going to be even colder the next couple of days.

At 9 Tuesday morning, it registered eight degrees on the illuminated sign at the Los Alamos National Bank.
With the 15 mph wind gusts, it felt like -8 degrees with the wind chill factor.

And it’s supposed to get even worse.

Winds are forecasted to pick up and temperatures are expected to plummet to -5 Tuesday night and -10 Wednesday night.

The first part of the snowstorm brought a couple of inches to the Los Alamos area, but because of the persistent wind, there were drifts up to a foot in some areas of the county.

The second part of the storm is expected to arrive Tuesday evening and that’s when residents can expect to feel the Arctic chill along with a couple of more inches of snow.

Driving conditions were slick around the area, but it’s not nearly as bad as other areas of the state including the northern and eastern parts of the state and Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Albuquerque closed its schools and its city offices.

Difficult driving conditions are being reported around New Mexico on Tuesday in the wake of the winter storm that hit much of the state with snow and bitterly cold temperatures.

State transportation department crews were plowing and sanding highways and drivers were being urged to use caution. Much of Interstates 40 and 25 through the state were reported as snow-packed and icy.

The National Weather Service said winter weather would impact New Mexico through Wednesday. The weather service said moderate to heavy snow would spread into the western and central sections of the state as a second storm approaches this afternoon into Wednesday.

Most of the nation, meanwhile, is preparing for the colossal storm.

The storm threatened to leave up to a third of the nation covered in a hodge-podge of brutal winter weather. Its reach was impressive: Snow and ice could fall along a 2,000-mile stretch from Colorado to Maine, tornadoes were possible in the South, and the weather was disrupting millions of people from Super Bowl travelers to schoolchildren.

Early indications were ominous.

By mid-morning, freezing rain and sleet were already pelting several states from Texas through Ohio. Parts of southwest Missouri already had 6 inches of snow by 8 a.m. About 3,000 were without power in Ohio, 2,600 in Oklahoma. Roads were ice-covered and virtually impassable in several states.