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Northern New Mexico begins cleanup

To bill to clean up after the latest snow storm is adding up for New Mexico taxpayers.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation said it has spent almost $400, 000 on cleanup in Northern New Mexico’s district 4 alone.

Costs figure in overtime pay, salt, cinder mix, fuel and equipment.

There are six districts in the state.

“We have to do what we have to do for the traveling public,” Dominic Pacheco, a district 4 crew member said.

District 4 crews have plowed and sanded more than 51,000 miles of road in the area.

That total is one-fifth of the way to the moon.

“It’s pretty crazy, no? We’re almost there,” Pete Martinez, another crew member said.

A few more storms like this and the district 4 crew will be at the moon in no time.

“That’s pretty amazing,” Pacheco said. “That’s a pretty big task to do there. You know? Kudos to district 4.”

I-25 between Belen and Las Cruces closed until morning; I-40 open, but use caution

Winter weather has caused a closure on Interstate 25 in both directions between Las Cruces and Belen.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation said the nearly 200 mile stretch will be closed until early Tuesday.

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Motorists are advised to find a nearby hotel or stay home.

Interstate 10 has also been closed in both directions from Lordsburg to Las Cruces.

A number of accidents have been reported on I-10 between Las Cruces and Deming.

There was also a multiple car pileup on I-10 at mile marker 139, east of the Las Cruces Airport. U.S. 70 between Alamogordo and Las Cruces is also closed.

Both closures are expected to last until Tuesday morning as well.

Bad weather also caused officials to close I-40 eastbound at Louisiana NE in Albuquerque.

I-25 closed between Las Cruces and Belen until morning

Winter weather has caused a closure on Interstate 25 in both directions between Las Cruces and Belen.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation said the nearly 200 mile stretch will be closed until early Tuesday.

>Check current road conditions 

Motorists are advised to find a nearby hotel or stay home.

Interstate 10 has also been closed in both directions from Lordsburg to Las Cruces. 

A number of accidents have been reported on I-10 between Las Cruces and Deming.

There was also a multiple car pileup on I-10 at mile marker 139, east of the Las Cruces Airport.

U.S. 70 between Alamogordo and Las Cruces is also closed.

Both closures are expected to last until Tuesday morning as well.

Bad weather also caused officials to close I-40 eastbound at Louisiana NE in Albuquerque.

Monday evening weather forecast

A major winter storm has snow and extreme cold settling into many areas of New Mexico on Monday and through Tuesday morning.

The storm continues to churn over much of Central and Southern New Mexico. 

There is an expected decrease in clouds cover and snow shower activity overnight. 

The sun should be shining by the end of the week. 

However, most New Mexicans will have to stay warm because freezing temperatures are expected to linger.

Much of Southeast New Mexico will have low temperatures in the teens and single digits and highs strugling to stay in the 20s. 

The Four Corners will also be cold with some temperatures that dip below zero. 

There is a slight chance for snow in the East Mountains early in the day but it should clear and leave icy roads. 

U.S. Postal Service drops overnight delivery promise; more cuts looming

Facing a staggering drop in business and potential bankruptcy, the U.S. Postal Service is cutting back so severely that it is dropping the promise of overnight delivery.

Most Americans will see changes in the way their mail's handled only when mailing first class.

The Postal Service says eliminating the overnight guarantee will trim two billion dollars from operating costs and help avoid bankruptcy next year.

Other changes include closing half of the nearly 500 mail processing centers, eliminating 28,000 jobs.

The slowing not only affects first-class delivery but also periodicals like magazines that may now take up to nine days to deliver.

All because more Americans are turning to the internet.

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Winter storm shuts down schools, imperils drivers

A powerful winter storm has closed schools and imperiled drivers across New Mexico with freezing temperatures and blowing snow.

In the Albuquerque Metro area, Albuquerque Public Schools are closed for Monday, as are Rio Rancho Schools and Los Lunas Schools. 

CNM and UNM are closed.

City of Albuquerque offices and state offices in Albuquerque and Santa Fe were on a two-hour delay as of 9 a.m.

Second Judicial District Court and Metro Court in Albuquerque also were ordered closed.

Some ABQ Ride buses are reporting delays. 

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has placed most of the state under a winter weather warning into Tuesday due to extremely cold temperatures, heavy snow, blowing and drifting snow.

New Mexico State Police say all roads in and out of the Albuquerque-area are open however, travel is discouraged at this time due to heavy, blowing snow. Snow packed and icy roads are making travel very difficult.