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New Mexico Residents Emerge From Snowy Standstill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque was back up and running Sunday after being inundated with record snowfall for the past few days.

Snow already started melting in the morning with the arrival of warmer temperatures, the National Weather Service said. The city received more than 4 inches on Saturday, but nearly 10 inches in the last three days.

A series of storms late last week forced schools to shut down, non-essential city services to close and air traffic to be grounded.

On Saturday, Southwest Airlines had canceled all incoming and outgoing flights. Other airlines had canceled specific flights. But at Albuquerque International Sunport, there were no major cancellations of service on Sunday.

“We are on track,” said Daniel Jaramillo, airport operations duty officer. “All the runways that are used for commercial traffic are clear.”

Jaramillo said travelers should still check their flight status before leaving for the airport because of airlines trying now to catch up and of severe weather on the East Coast.

The state Department of Transportation said some roads across the state are still icy and packed with snow. Motorists were advised to drive with caution as visibility is limited because of wind and drifting snow.

Albuquerque was hit with 9.6 inches of snow between Thursday and Saturday, tying the amount the city typically averages in one year. According to the National Weather Service, it was the 13th snowiest three-day period on record in the area. In addition, the 4.7 inches of snow that fell Saturday is a new record. The previous record for that date was 2.4 inches of snow in 1949.

Meteorologist technician Troy Marshall said Albuquerque will more likely receive rain for the rest of the day with high temperatures for Sunday being in the 50-degree range. More snow is expected to hit the north and northwest part of New Mexico and stay in higher elevated areas.

Meanwhile, a storm system in Southern California making its way east was expected to raise the chance of precipitation across the state on Monday. Rain and snowshowers are possible for Albuquerque as well as the Taos area.

But the clouds are anticipated to lift this week, Marshall said.

“This system moves off and the state is going to be looking pretty nice by Thursday, mostly sunny skies,” Marshall said.

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