About 337,000 households without power due to snow-laden trees and branches falling on cables.
The rare snowstorm (one website called it a “blizzard”) hit as the city and surrounding region were enduring an unusual “cold snap.” (Two days ago, Accuweather was forecasting record cold in the Chilean capital. I’m not sure that qualifies as a mere “cold snap.”)
Meteorologists say it was the heaviest snowfall in Santiago since 2007, but some commentators said the city had not seen so much snow with this magnitude in 40 years.
Several football matches were suspended due to heavy snow, the Football Federation of Chile said in a statement.
Santiago and the greater area is home to around seven million people.
Lots of photos:
This website calls it “an unusual blizzard”:
Thanks to Jimmy Walter, Dean Koehler, Bill Sellers, Martin Siebert, Ivan, Marcio Accioly, ptolemy2, R Moyer and Alexey Parkhomenko for these links
“Even more astonishing than snow in Santiago, Chile is that it is reported by the BBC!” says ptolemy2. “Cracks may be appearing in the state’s warmist propaganda machine.”
“Looks like South America is not immune to global cooling,” says Bill. “Santiago is less than 70 miles from the ocean.”