- Associated Press - Sunday, December 27, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The latest on a weekend snow storm that has slammed parts of New Mexico (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Gov. Susana Martinez has declared a State of Emergency following a powerful winter storm that continues to bring snow and strong winds to New Mexico.

Martinez said in a statement Sunday that all residents must stay off the roads until conditions improve.

The National Weather Service says some areas of the state have received as much as 21 inches of snow in the last 24 hours.

Weather conditions have led to hundreds of traffic accidents on icy roads and major freeways shutting down.

Meteorologists say the state’s eastern region is getting hit particularly hard and could get between 6 and 8 inches by tonight.


10:48 a.m.

New Mexico residents are dealing with the fallout Sunday of a snowstorm that crippled parts of the state, leaving a trail of traffic accidents and shutdowns.

In Albuquerque, police say officers responded to 178 weather-related accidents by 9:30 p.m. Saturday. About 58 involved injuries.

A stretch of Interstate 40 leading to the Texas border remains closed because of hazardous driving conditions.

Police spokesman Fred Duran says hotels along I-40 had to turn people away.

The National Weather Service says it is expecting historic snowfall totals.

According to meteorologists, metropolitan Albuquerque received as much as 6 inches of snow in the last 24 hours.

Eastern portions of the state were hit especially hard.

Meteorologists say some areas saw 5 to 12-foot snow drifts and winds up to 70 mph.

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