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Gov. Susana Martinez has declared a state of emergency due to the massive snowstorm, meaning the National Guard will be out to assist stranded drivers. A civil emergency was declared Sunday morning as high winds and blowing snow led to dangerous and life-threatening conditions in eastern New Mexico, officials said.
A blizzard warning is in effect for all of eastern New Mexico. The winter storm has already dumped as much as 21 inches of snow in some areas.

I-40 is closed from Albuquerque’s 98th Street exit to the Texas state line. Right now, the closure is indefinite. Hotels along the closed interstate are completely booked. More than 500 semis are lined up along I-40’s eastbound lanes in New Mexico, police say. Almost every major road around Roswell, Artesia, Portales and Alamagordo is closed. There are more than 10,000 homes without power across eastern New Mexico.
By declaring a state of emergency, counties will be able to order and pay for additional resources needed to help with this crisis.

Even though roads are closed, police said some people are driving around barricades. Closed roads have not been maintained by the New Mexico Department of Transportation and state police will not be patrolling these roads to search for stranded motorists. State police are currently working long hours and in extra force to assist with weather related incidents and may not be able to assist stranded motorists who have ignored barricades. They are asking that you obey the signs, it could save your life. The marked barricades
are there for a reason.

Police have made two arrests in the stabbing death of an Albuquerque man who tried to stop a car burglary.
Officer Simon Drobik said Sunday that Tyler Hernandez and Craig Whited, both 25, have been booked on several counts including aggravated auto burglary. Only Hernandez faces a murder charge as well as assault with intent to commit a violent felony. Police say they an anonymous tip led to the suspects who were taken in without incident.