We’re assuming you know that old saying about the weather in New Mexico, so even though the City of Vision has yet to be hammered this winter, some of you may be traveling before spring arrives in a few weeks.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation is preparing for the latest winter storm expected to impact the state over the next 24 hours.
According to the National Weather Service, a one-two punch of active winter weather will blast New Mexico through Wednesday. Rain, thunderstorms, snow, blowing snow, strong to potentially damaging winds, drastically colder temperatures, low visibility, and hazardous and in some areas, severe travel conditions are expected. There is a growing chance of blizzard conditions in northeast New Mexico.
“We strongly encourage all motorists to avoid travel or adjust travel plans, if possible,” said Transportation Secretary Ricky Serna. “Our crews are prepared to work overnight spreading salt and cinder and plowing snow where necessary, but we insist drivers take precautions.”
Be prepared before you go. Make sure you have plenty of fuel and adequate windshield washer fluid and antifreeze. Check the inflation on your tires and remove snow from your vehicle, including headlights and taillights. Keep a flashlight, phone charger, sand or kitty litter, blanket, first aid supplies, water and snacks in the vehicle
- Plan ahead. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and expect delays
- Wear your seatbelt. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained
- Take is slow. The best crash prevention on snow and ice is to SLOW DOWN and leave plenty of room between you, the vehicle in front of you and snowplows
- No cruise control. Never use cruise control when the roads are slick. It can reduce your control of the vehicle if your tires begin to skid or slip
- Brake carefully. It takes more time to stop in adverse conditions and stopping too quickly can cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle
- Use caution on bridges, overpasses, and shaded areas. These areas typically freeze first and take longer to thaw
- Don’t crowd the plow! Always stay at least 50 feet behind a snowplow. Be patient and give the driver plenty of room to do his job
NMDOT reminds drivers to pay close attention to the weather conditions and plan accordingly. Stay up to date on the latest road conditions. Visit www.nmroads.com or call 511.