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Snow blankets parts of Texas and New Mexico

December 25, 2011 — A snowstorm slammed Texas and New Mexico this week, causing high winds, traffic delays and dozens of minor accidents.

Parts of west Texas have received as much as 43 cm of snow after a winter storm moved through the region.

Heavy ice and poor driving conditions prompted the Department of Transportation to temporarily close sections of major highways around Albuquerque and eastern New Mexico and issue a winter storm warning.

The warning has since been lifted and most highways have re-opened.

However, officials are urging motorists to slow down and keep a safe distance from other cars. The snow was blamed on dozens of flight cancellations at the Denver airport Thursday. Conditions are slowly starting to improve throughout the region.

Despite the commuter woes caused by the storm, the wintery weather is a welcome change. For the better part of a year, Texas has been forced to contend with wildfires and severe water restrictions amidst the worst drought the state has ever seen.

The winter storm will be short-lived. Texas and New Mexico will start to warm up later in the week, and the short-term forecast is calling for sunny and mild conditions.

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