Winter storm packs powerful punch

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Los Alamos reeling from power outages, travel delays

By Carol A. Clark

A massive snowstorm hit town overnight forcing today’s closure of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos public Schools.

The start time for Los Alamos County employees was delayed by two hours.

County road crews spent this morning digging the community out from under nearly a foot of snow that began accumulating Monday afternoon.

“We started 12-hour shifts yesterday. 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 this morning during an interview from the airport. “It’s so windy that there’s no way anyone could fly in or out.”

A big problem his crews encountered today was with businesses scooping parking lot snow onto county streets. Businesses were informed ahead of time not to do that, Zimmerman said, adding that those business owners were instructed to move the snow back onto their lots.

Another problem he mentioned was children sledding down Quemazon Hill, which he said is an extremely dangerous thing to do because of cars and trucks passing right by that area.

Temperatures dipped after midnight, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Kerry Jones during an interview from his Albuquerque office this morning.

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