It’s been a wild week here in New Mexico. I guess most of the country has been hammered by this monster storm wielding super cold temps, high winds and lots of snow.
Now, some areas of the country do this better than others. Me, I’ve spent the last 20 years in south central Kansas where 1” of ice and 40 mph winds precede daylong (maybe two) snowstorms. Wichita brines the roads days in advance and everyone raids the local grocery store to stock up for a month’s worth of blizzard.
I’ve been in Albuquerque 5 weeks now. It has snowed a couple of times. In December 2009, I was here for the month and it snowed several times then, too. The locals, however, swear it hardly ever snows here and hence are not prepared to deal with it. Snow means an automatic 2 hour delay for most people and businesses. It’s just understood. Gotta love that! And I do!
So the giant storm began Monday night. I headed out to work a bit early Tuesday morning. Just about an inch of snow…no big deal…right?
The locals are NOT kidding! Here in the Albuquerque area, there is no early road preparation for storms, nary a sand truck nor snowplow in sight. They tell me Rio Rancho doesn’t even own a plow. Okay, but maybe a sand truck? The roads were heavily iced and it’s HILLY here! I thought, no problem, most of my commute is interstate.
I gotta admit, I’m pretty astounded that even the Interstate gets no attention. Tuesday afternoon, my significant other, Jim, and I decided to head out to check our post office box in Tijeras, Search TIjeras NM Homes for Sale, just east of Albuquerque. There was about 6- 8” of snow there and once we hit the pass between the cities, it may as well have been 4 feet of snow! We saw 3 snowplows on I 40, none of which had a blade touching the pavement. The pavement was covered with snow and ice. Wow!
Once we got back to the Tramway exit, things pretty well cleared out again. By today, Thursday, even though it’s been crazy cold, the high desert has reclaimed most of this precious snow.
As for me, I’m already siding with the locals! It’s too cold! We want our warmish winter weather back!
So maybe Albuquerque will always struggle with snowstorms. It was a lot of fun for me ,(my car suffered no unintended meetings with others). We can always count on the thirsty high desert to make quick work of the snow.