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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A wintertime storm packing gusty winds and weighty snow that shut down schools and stretches of highways in northern Arizona and New Mexico was creating its way out of the region late Wednesday. But unseasonably chilly climate with bitter wind chills was forecast to retain an icy grip on a lot of the Southwest into Friday.
“High temperatures on Thursday and very low temperatures Friday early morning will be unseasonably cold areawide,” the Countrywide Weather Support in Albuquerque claimed Wednesday afternoon. “Conditions will improve above the weekend with warmer temperatures and dry disorders.”
Many stretches of Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff, Arizona, ended up shut off and on Wednesday since of various crashes and spinoffs following a foot of snow (30 centimeters) fell in the spot Tuesday night into Wednesday. There were being no quick reports of major accidents.
The same was accurate with a pair of stretches of U.S. Highway 60 in New Mexico south of Albuquerque. Fifteen inches (38 cm) of snow was documented at Los Alamos and educational facilities were shut in Santa Fe.
A winter season storm warning was set to expire Wednesday night in northern Arizona and New Mexico. But bitterly chilly temperatures were being forecast Wednesday night into Thursday from as much west as the Sierra Nevada to the New Mexico-Texas Line.
Temperatures had been expected to fall underneath zero around Lake Tahoe, as chilly as minus 6 Fahrenheit (minus 21 Celsius) at Truckee, California. Lows early Thursday had been expected to drop to minus 10 (minus 23 C) in Ely, Nevada close to the Utah line.
In New Mexico, the temperatures fell early Wednesday to minus 28 (minus 33 C) at Angel Hearth, minus 6 (minus 21 C) at Taos. Winds gusted up to 46 mph (74 kph) in Albuquerque.
In Flagstaff, where by schools also were closed Wednesday, it was envisioned to be even colder overnight into Thursday, with raw temperatures all over zero (minus 17 C) and wind chills as very low as minus 13 (minus 25 C).
Even deserts cities like Phoenix and Tucson were being envisioned to see temperatures fall under freezing.
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