ALBUQUERQUE — A storm dropped snow and pushed strong winds across much of Northern and Central New Mexico on Wednesday as authorities warned of highway closures and difficult travel conditions in some areas.

Though snow was predicted for Santa Fe, much of the area was spared through much of Wednesday.

In East-Central New Mexico, Interstate 40 was closed late Wednesday morning between Clines Corners and Santa Rosa due to heavy snow and multiple crashes, and U.S. 285 was closed near Vaughn.

A high wind warning was issued in the Albuquerque area where the National Weather Service said gusts of up to 68 mph were recorded at the Albuquerque International Sunport.

Snowfall accumulations were expected to range from several inches to up to a foot, the weather service said.

Another storm was expected to begin dropping additional snow on the northern mountains and Northwestern New Mexico late Thursday, the weather service said.

Public schools in Gallup and Las Vegas were closed, and a power outage in Ruidoso affected 3,700 customers.

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