Arctic Front Sweeps Into New Mexico

Dec 8, 2012

New Mexico is getting ready for what could be a significant blast of winter.  Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say the above-normal temperatures and dry weather that New Mexico has been experiencing in recent weeks will come to an abrupt end Sunday.

That's when a "potent" arctic front will move across the state, bringing with it cooler temperatures and gusty winds.

Snow is expected across the northern mountains and the northeast plains Sunday morning. It's expected to spread south throughout the day.

Forecasters say travel along Interstate 25 from Glorieta Pass to the Colorado border and I-40 east of Tijeras Canyon could be hazardous.

The state Transportation Department says about 80 dump trucks with snowplows and salt and cinder spreaders are loaded and ready to go in northeastern New Mexico.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.