Looks like I'm spending New Year's in Albuquerque...
Sorry to hear it!
Update on my "stranded motorist" status: Albuquerque was declared as being in a state of emergency because of the snow, and because of all the stranded cars & trucks. As I understand it, every shelter/hotel was full, and hundreds of people just had to sleep in their cars, but the authorities were handing out blankets and supplies and checking on people. For myself, I had enough friends and family in the area that I had a place to stay, and someone loaned me a 4-wheel drive so that I could get around town even though my own car was stuck.
This morning, we were finally able to get my car out of the snowdrift, though it took a fair amount of shoveling. I still have a lot of ice to navigate to get back to I-40, but nmroads.com is the most optimistic it's been in days:
"Condition Fair: I-40 EAST AND WESTBOUND is re-opened to the traveling public. Use caution and drive defensively. POSTED MON JAN 1 AT 10:52 A.M. "
So my remaining hurdles are:
* See if I make it back onto the interstate
* See if I-40 Eastbound is open long enough for me to get to the Texas stateline
* See if I-40 is open all the way through the Texas panhandle (the area is high-altitude / high-wind).
If I can get to Oklahoma, the rest should be relatively uneventful.
Will keep you posted,
RE: I-40 in New Mexico briefly re-opened, then closed again