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Snow hits parts of Mexico, closing roads while coasts remain cool

Mexico — Winter has officially arrived in nearly every corner of Mexico with snow dusting some parts and completely shutting down others.

State Civil Protection says that a polar jet stream associated with the Santa Ana winds will continue to maintain the low temperatures that most of the country has experienced. In areas such as the sierras in Sonora, residents are warned of temperatures dropping to -5C (23F) during nighttime hours.

In other parts of Mexico, hundreds of motorists and heavy vehicle operators have been stranded on the roads and highways in and around the areas of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas and Saltillo, Coahuila since the snow arrived and roadways became covered in ice.

Federal Police have suspended traffic along several of these federal roads since Thursday due to the high risk of accidents.

Weekend weather for many parts of the country range from freezing to very cold. Conagua is warning residents about the continuation of low temperatures.

The National Meteorological Service (SMN) says snowfall is forecast for Zacatecas, San Luis Potosí and mountain areas with altitudes above 3,500 meters of the central zone of Mexico. Frost is forecast for Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Durango, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosi.

Dense fog and fog banks that could reduce visibility are expected in Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Queretaro, Hidalgo, State of Mexico, City of Mexico, Veracruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Cold temperatures are expected to remain in areas of Tabasco, Chiapas, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Puebla, Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo. For Cancun weather, daytime temperatures are expected to reach 24C (75F) and dip down to 15C (59F) for the night hours.

Due to the winter weather conditions, people are being advised to take precautions to wear warm clothes with special attention to children and the elderly. Conagua says these cold conditions are expected to last for several more days as Cold Front Number 14 continues to blanket most of the country with its intense polar air mass.