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Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 23:59
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The snow hit Las Cruces hard throughout the day Thursday forcing closures, making road conditions dangerous and for some it made it an overall enjoyable day of fun in the snow.
The CIty of Las Cruces sent its employees home at 3 pm as the heavier snowfall hit the area.
"We are to check the city website and be prepared for any additional information, otherwise we are planning on being open at 10 o'clock," said Mike Walczak, director of the Museum of Nature and Science.
City Hall turned away customers looking to give utility payments so employees could make it home before road conditions worsened.
The Municpal Court also closed it's doors early and plans to open from 10 am to 12:30pm weather permitting.
For a lot of people with a free afternoon, they spent it outdoors enjoying the rare Southern New Mexico snow.
"It's wonderful," said Denise Ortiz. "I'm from San Diego so this awesome."
Ortiz and her daughter spent a part of the afternoon making snowballs at Albert Johnson Park.
There were other who decided to brave the cold in only a t-shirt.
"As long as you keep the top and the bottom warm you're good," said Ron Sullivan pointing to his feet and head.
As temperatures dropped and the snow continued to fall, the New Mexico Department of Transportation closed off Highway 70 at Nasa Road up to White Sands Missile Range.
Crews worked throughout the day and are expected to work through the night to thaw out roads for the morning.