Updated 3:37 p.m. – U.S. 64 East through Taos Canyon has been closed by the state due to snow and ice, according to Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe. Travelers are urged to find alternate routes for the time being.
Updated 2:45 p.m. — A semi-truck without a load has gone off the roadway near the rockwall at the intersection at State Roads 518 and 75.
Updated 2:15 p.m. — Road conditions are snowpacked and icy in some areas, according to chatter of the local dispatch. Those areas include State Road 518 between Taos and the Peñasco Valley, SR 75 between Peñasco and Dixon, SR 73 from Peñasco to Llano and SR 76 around Picuris Pueblo and Trampas.
About two inches of snow could fall in the Taos area tonight and through tomorrow (Feb. 6-7) if the snowstorm holds to expectations.
Meanwhile, temperatures are plummeting. A high of 38 degrees is expected Wednesday, while a low of 7 and -1 degrees are expected Wednesday and Thursday nights, respectively.
Up to a foot of snow could fall in the mountains.
The predicted snowfall comes after several days of above-average temperatures, which brought a preview of the muddy season.
The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for the region Wednesday.
“Strong to high winds, and potentially damaging winds are expected Wednesday from the central mountains to the Texas border. Gusts of 60 to 70 (miles per hour) will be possible. Much colder air will pour into western New Mexico this afternoon and race across the rest of the state this evening into the night,” read the outlook.
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