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In wake of winter storm travel remains treacherous

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County plows at work early Wednesday

By The Staff

The punishing winter storm that rolled through the Los Alamos area Monday night and Tuesday has moved on to wreak havoc in the midwest Wednesday. The temperature here was a bone-chilling 11 degrees at 6 a.m. and county plows had already been at work for hours.

Los Alamos Public Schools and Los Alamos National Laboratory appear to be ready to return to regular schedules today, despite the fact that many secondary roads still remain snow-packed. Temperatures today are not expected to get above freezing, so the snow on the roads now will remain unless plows remove it.

“We started 12-hour shifts yesterday (Monday). We’ve got all our equipment on the streets with the exception of a couple of pieces in maintenance,” Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman said Tuesday morning during an interview from the airport. “It’s so windy that there’s no way anyone could fly in or out.”

Temperatures dipped after midnight Monday, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Kerry Jones.

“Los Alamos had a temperature of 34 degrees at midnight that began dropping as the front of the storm hit between 4-5 a.m. Tuesday. It was 27 degrees at 9:50 a.m. (Tuesday),” Jones said. “We show snow measuring 7-10 inches in town and 18 inches on the top of Pajarito Mountain.”


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