State police close I-40

Freedom New Mexico

Road closures and tough driving conditions from a fierce winter storm Thursday were taking a toll on Tucumcari hotels.

Hotels were 50 percent full as of 2 p.m., according to Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry.

Cherry also said no emergency shelters have been set up yet.

“We are not seeing that much traffic right now,” Cherry said, adding however that, “I-40 and (NM) 209 are in terrible shape.”

New Mexico State Police closed 1-40 eastbound from Tucumcari to the Texas state line and U.S. Highway 54 from Tucumcari to the Texas state line.

I-40 eastbound and westbound out of Amarillo was closed as well.

I-40 westbound from Tucumcari to Santa Rosa was open.

Tucumcari city offices and Quay County offices, including courts, were closed.

Thursday night’s City Commission meeting was canceled.