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Mexico records first snowfall of the year

San José de la Joya, Nuevo León — UPDATED: The first snowfall of the year has been recorded in Mexico with snow falling in the community of San José de la Joya in the south of the state of Nuevo León.

According to Protección Civil Nuevo León, the first snowfall of the year in the country began during the early morning hours of Saturday in the municipality of Galeana. As the day wore on, the snowfall intensified, covering other communities in the municipalities of Aramberri and Santiago.

Civil Protection says emergency shelters have been opened for those who need them and that they will continue to work with communities that require their help.

The snowfall is the result of slow-moving Cold Front 23 which has generated cool temperatures across a large part of the central and eastern portion of the country.

UPDATE: As cold front 23 moved off, cold front 24 entered the country creating additional low temperatures that saw snow in other states. Aside from the state of Nuevo León, snow also fell in the states of San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas and Coahuila.

According to the National Meteorological Service, the coldest place recorded in Mexico was Temósachic, Chihuahua at -10.4 degrees Celsius.

The National Meteorological Service says that as the cold front moves along, sleet and/or snow are expected in Sierras de Durango, Zacatecas, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Nevado de Toluca and Nevado de Colima.

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