A snowy scene in northern Mexico today. A snowy scene in northern Mexico today.

Snow flies in north with first winter storm

Eight states affected by snowfall, cold temperatures

The first winter storm of the season continues to bring atypical snowfall to northern Mexico where a carpet of snow now covers parts of the states of Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Durango and Hidalgo.


Airline flights in Chihuahua were canceled in the cities of Chihuahua and Ciudad Juárez, where many motorists found themselves stranded by snow-covered roads.

In Nuevo León, highways to Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas and Saltillo, Coahuila, were closed to traffic after heavy snowfall stranded an estimated 600 motorists. Temperatures in the greater Monterrey area dropped to below 0 C, a situation repeated throughout the state.

The capital also saw sleet for the first time in 20 years.

At least 15 Tamaulipas municipalities reported snowfall, a phenomenon that kept 90% of children from attending school yesterday.

Zacatecas authorities have raised a general alert and enacted the 2017-2018 Winter Season Contingency Plan, at the ready to respond if needed.

Temperatures as far south as the Tlanchinol sierra in Hidalgo dropped below zero, where snowfall was also reported.


In Saltillo, the capital of Coahuila, the thermometer dipped to seven degrees below zero, and 10 below in the sierra to the east. The temperatures, coupled with the snowfall, forced authorities to close three highways to traffic, all going into Saltillo from Zacatecas, Monclova and Torreón.

It was on the latter highway that conditions caused a bus to roll over, injuring 14 people.

Earlier this afternoon there were more than 2,000 trucks stranded on highway 57 in the municipality of Arteaga, near Saltillo. Traffic began slowing Thursday night due to poor conditions.

Arteaga Mayor Jesús Durán Flores predicted that traffic would remain backed up through the afternoon.

Local Civil Protection officials delivered food and fuel to the stranded vehicles yesterday.

In the municipalities of Monclova and Múzquiz, snowfall reached the 25-centimeter mark, causing the roofs of three schools to collapse. Airports throughout the state had to cancel flights, while the roads to several ejidos were blocked by snow.

In Torreón, residents saw snow for the first time in 20 years.

Coahuila authorities, along with their counterparts in the seven other states, have opened shelters that are being used mostly by homeless people.

Over 700 rations of coffee, hot chocolate, bread and hot soup have been distributed in one of those Coahuila shelters alone, an effort that also includes the distribution of heavy blankets.

Governor Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís recommended that citizens take all the necessary precautions to protect themselves and stay indoors.

“Let’s stay warm and protected from the cold,” he wrote on Twitter.

Source: El Universal (sp), Milenio (sp)

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Photos courtesy Milenio

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  • JRPetruk

    Darn global warming again.

    • Axixic

      It’s climate change and the Earth has seen higher temperatures than normal.

      • Kenneth Edward Polley

        So you liberals aren’t calling it Global Warming any longer? When did that happen? It may be getting warmer, but it has nothing to do with man, the climate changing is cyclical!

        • Axixic

          It’s alway been called climate change because the climate is changing. The last few years have been the hottest on record so there is warming also. Don’t worry, science is over the head of almost all Trumpsters.

        • paulbeddows

          It has been called climate change longer than the term Global warming has been around (look it up). Rising average global tempartures causes local extremes in both directions. This sort tof thing is caused by disruption in the path of the jet stream in the northern hemisphere. That allows Arctic air to move further south than normal. That Arctic air, however, cold as it is, is still 30 F above normal.

      • Ana Elsa Murillo Silva

        dont be ignorant, we always get snow in cananea and agua prieta.

        • Axixic

          My comment was to JRPetruk who thinks there cannot be snow because of global warming. Don’t be ignorant by replying when you don’t understand the comment.

  • Joshua Rodriguez

    beautiful photos love to see my people having snow.

  • Carlos Halliwell

    It snowed a bit in Torreón in 2004’s Christmas Eve.