Monday, December 28, 2015

Eastern New Mexico Pummeled

Hmmm. They shut down Interstate 40 at Eubank in Albuquerque because the travel east across the Killer Plains just ain't gonna happen tonight. It wouldn't be prudent, Dana Carvey's George H.W. Bush might say.

This news bring back memories. Driving home with my dog Christmas Eve 1993, there was a brief period of snow on I-40 near Grants, which melted and refroze and became very slick. At one point, traffic stopped. We got out of the vehicle and tried to walk a short distance, but the pavement was too icy, so we got back in and kept driving. Apparently authorities closed the highway, but through some inefficiency we never got word - Californians never pay attention anyway - so soon we were driving alone through a misty wilderness of abandoned and jackknifed semi-trailer trucks. All human beings had somehow vanished. It was as if The Rapture had happened. It was all very spooky.

Because of the wind and blizzard whiteout, the current situation sounds much worse than that situation.
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – I-40 east of Albuquerque at Eubank was closed due to bad road conditions and a lack of accommodations outside of town.

Albuquerque police say they’ve been informed that hotels east of the city are fully booked and turning away drivers. Law enforcement is out assisting people in finding shelter.

As of Saturday night, officers had responded to nearly 200 crashes. Mayor’s chief of staff Gilbert Montano says more than 40 workers will be out salting the roads throughout the night.

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