Storm triggers closures

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Winter weather: Lab, schools, others shut down in wake of snow

By Tris DeRoma

Be careful out there. According to the National Weather Service, snow conditions are expected for Los Alamos all day and into the night. The forecast predicts about 7 to 9 inches, with “blowing snow” expected for the afternoon. Here is rundown of how the first winter storm of the season impacted the area Friday:


Driving Conditions
Passable, but be cautious. If you don’t have anything pressing to do, stay off the roads, officials advise.
N.M. 502 was closed briefly Friday morning for about 15 minutes but by mid-morning the road was plowed and sanded and normal travel had resumed.

“N.M. 502 is a priority for us in District 5, so we do everything possible to keep the roads in that area passable,” said Patricia Wolff, spokesperson for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

As of late morning, all roads in the Los Alamos area were open.
Wolff also said to check back toinformation sources throughout the day, because conditions could change, especially when it comes to N.M. 502.

“We can’t speak for what’s going to happen an hour from now, but for the moment, the road is open,” she said at 10 a.m.

So far, things have been pretty tame, according to Randy Foster, acting chief  of the Los Alamos Police Department.

“We’ve been very fortunate,” he said. “No crashes yet, just stuck vehicles.”

On that note, Foster advised if you don’t have anything important to do, stay off the roads. “There are many slick spots around town and people have been getting stuck,” Foster said. “So stay off the roads as much as possible and stay warm by the fireplace.”

School closures
Los Alamos elementary schools closed at 10 a.m.
Los Alamos Middle School and high school dismissed classes at 10:30 a.m.

The Los Alamos National Lab closed at 8:30 a.m.

Recycling/Trash services
Trash service will continue as usual for those with Friday pick up services; however, there will be no recycling service. For residents whose recycling cart is overflowing — if it needs to be serviced prior to next Friday call 662-8163 and county staff will organize a pickup for early next week. The Eco Station also closed at noon Friday.

All county services
All Los Alamos County facilities closed at noon including administrative offices, the 311 Center, plus recreation/community centers like the aquatic center, golf course, ice rink and libraries.

Public transportation
Atomic City Transit made its last transit run at noon to White Rock, Barranca Mesa and North Mesa. Atomic City Transit will resume regular service at regular hours Monday. Call 661-RIDE for information

The North Central Regional Transportation District announced that the Los Alamos Route has been canceled until further notice. The Las Trampas Route has been canceled until further notice. Española/Riverside Route has been reduced from twice per hour to once per hour.

Taos County Buses were experiencing up to 40-minute delays effecting the Taos, Penasco, Questa and Red River Routes. RTD “Blue Buses” were also experiencing delays on certain routes.

To learn more about a particular route, call toll-free at 866-206-0754 for more information.