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The Latest: New Mexico cities prepare for major winter storm

December 28, 2018
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A winter storm blankets Santa Fe, N.M., with snow and snarled morning traffic on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. Forecasters with the National Weather Service say a major winter storm will hammer New Mexico in the new few days with significant snowfall accumulations expected in many parts of the state along with road closures and other travel impacts. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a winter storm (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

New Mexico cities are preparing for a major winter storm that will hit in the next few days.

The city of Roswell says public buildings, including a recreation center, library, bus terminal and museum will be open to anyone needing to warm up. They’ll operate on normal business hours.

Weather forecasters say Roswell could get up to six inches of snow starting Friday morning. Temperatures are expected to be near or below freezing through Sunday.

The rest of New Mexico won’t escape the winter storm. Weather forecasters say the state will see heavy snowfall and bitterly cold wind chills. Blizzard warnings were in effect in Albuquerque late Thursday.

The city of Rio Rancho announced a 2-hour delay Friday for government offices.

1 p.m.

Forecasters say a major winter storm will hammer New Mexico in the next few days with significant snowfall accumulations and bitterly cold wind chills, along with road closures and other travel impacts.

The National Weather Service encourages people traveling the region to prepare for dangerous winter weather conditions, and says driving in the mountains and plateaus could be difficult to impossible.

The storm was expected to strike the state Thursday night through Saturday, first taking aim at northern and central New Mexico. Heavy snow is expected on the eastern plains Friday.

Wind gusts in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas are expected to reach up to 60 mph (97 kph), and cause blowing and drifting snow with whiteout conditions at times.

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