- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

RED RIVER, N.M. (AP) - Crews plowed roads and spread salt and cinder on highways in northern New Mexico after an unusual spring storm dropped snow in some parts of the state and brought record freezing temperatures.

The state Transportation Department reported difficult driving conditions Tuesday morning in northern New Mexico, including in the Red River and Agua Fria areas. By midday, conditions had improved.

At least one school district - Cimarron Municipal Schools - was forced to open two hours late due to bad road conditions.

The National Weather Service said the late season snow was expected to diminish in the afternoon, while winter weather advisories remained in effect for parts of northern and central New Mexico through early evening.

The small mountain community of Rociada, on the eastern slopes of the Santa Fe Mountains, received the most snow overnight with 11 inches. Red River, Taos and Angel Fire got about 8 inches.

Forecasters with the weather service said cold weather likely will remain for a few days, but the potential for critical fire weather conditions will increase by the end of the weekend as temperatures climb back up.

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