Blizzard Hits Western U.S.

    Sandoval County Sheriff's Deputy Phillip Montano mans a road block along U.S. 550 near Rio Rancho, N.M., on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. Another blast of winter weather has socked New Mexico, closing parts of major highways and canceling flights for holiday travelers. Heavy snow and high winds struck the region late Thursday and forced dozens of holiday motorists in western New Mexico off Interstate 40 after conditions made driving near impossible. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

    Susan Montoya Bryan / AP Photo

    If you're planning on spending the holidays out west, we hope you're there already. A heavy snow storm blew into the region late Thursday night, causing flight delays in Albuquerque and Denver. High winds forced dozens of motorists off a major highway in western New Mexico, where more than a foot of snow had piled up by Friday morning. A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service was lifted by the afternoon, though meteorologists said snowfall was expected to continue through the night.

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