A strong cold front will bank up against the east mountains tomorrow afternoon. This front will fuel brutally strong winds in the metro area from early afternoon through tomorrow night. Winds will be sustained from the east 40-50 with gusts to 70+ mph. Please take precautions and avoid being outside Thursday afternoon and evening. We will have a chance for snow over the weekend as a storm moves through.
New Mexico State Police are closing the northbound lanes of Interstate 25 one mile south of Watrous because of an accident.
A crash on northbound Interstate 25 has blocked all but one lane at the Jefferson Street overpass in Albuquerque.
The crash happened about 6 p.m.
New Mexico Department of Transportation webcams show traffic backed up to the Big I interchange with I-40.
Details of the crash are not yet available.
Update 7:15 p.m.: All lanes are open although it will take a while for the backup to clear.
Bernalillo County is launching a new program to go after people who neglect or abuse their pets.
The effort by county Animal Care Services has been dubbed PET-Proactive Enforcement Team.
The goal is to spot animal abuse cases and address them quickly without waiting for someone to report the situation.
“If you have an animal, you have a responsibility,” Matt Pepper, director of Bernalillo County Animal Care, said. “And that is to understand what’s required of you and understand the needs of your animal and fulfill the needs of your animal.”
The case of Ferdinand the calf led to the new project, according to officials.
When Ferdinand’s mother was found stuck in a mud pit, the owner shot and killed her and then left the calf to die.
Ferdinand was rescued and today is healthy.
Should Albuquerque police cruisers stay red, white, and blue or go to black and white? The city wants you to decide
Today the city showed off a sleek prototype of the black-and-white version.
At the beginning of the new year the police department will begin to integrate the new Dodge Chargers into its fleet as it phases out the old Ford Crown Victorias.
This prompted the idea of maybe changing the colors of the cruisers
The prototype will be out on the streets in the next month so you can see it for yourself
To vote on which color scheme you prefer, visit the city’s website.
News 13 photo by Mike Lovely.