Surprise snow in the semidesert – Mexico

Authorities worried about collapsing roofs.
11 Mar 2016 – Two-thirds of the state were covered by snow between Tuesday and Thursday. In fact, the snow came to places considered atypical, such as Mapimí and Cuencamé predominantly arid regions.

In Cuencamé, for example, from 7:50 pm on Thursday, it began to snow, a situation not seen since just over 18 years ago, on December 12, 1997.

In total, 25 municipalities recorded falling snow and sleet.

On Thursday, again, highway closures were recorded in both the roads linking Durango and Mazatlan, as on the road to Santiago Papasquiaro. Even very slow transit routes in some sections are completely covered with snow.

In the early hours of Thursday it was again closed to traffic in both the free road and the Durango-Mazatlan highway, which stranded about 300 people.

This was also true in auxiliary roads and dirt roads Guanacevi, San Dimas, Pueblo Nuevo, Santiago Papasquiaro, Tepehuanes, Tamazula, Otáez, Durango, Canatlan, Nuevo Ideal, Coneto de Comonfort, San Juan del Rio, White Rock, Guadalupe Victoria, Mezquital, Poanas, Nombre de Dios, Panuco de Coronado, Rodeo, Canelas, Topia, Súchil, Cuencamé, Mapimí and Hidalgo, which is the complete list of municipalities with snow.

In response, the government plans to apply for Emergency Declaration for 21 municipalities.

In the municipalities of Guanacevi, Tepehuanes, Pueblo Nuevo, San Dimas and Santiago Papasquiaro, authorities are worried about too much snow on roofs because they can collapse after weakening the structure, especially on flat roofs.

In addition, the Ministry of Education in the State announced the closure of most institutions of higher and middle levels learning, plus preschool, primary and secondary .

Guadalupe Victoria International Airport (AIGV) closed its runway at 9:00 am by falling snow and crystallization of the tracks.

Meteorologist Florencio Rodriguez Loera of the Meteorological Observatory Durango, said that low temperature in mountainous regions will be 10.0 degrees below zero in the morning, with the maximum temperature between 16 and 17 degrees Celsius .

They also decided to close schools yesterday because of strong winds:
http://eluniversal.com.mx/articulo/metropoli/df/2016/03/10/reportan-afectaciones-en-150-escuelas-de-cdmx-por-vientos

about 800 trees have fallen, along with other objects damaging the city and some people:
http://eluniversal.com.mx/articulo/metropoli/df/2016/03/10/bomberos-reportan-caida-de-casi-800-arboles

We can also note that it’s snowing in central part of Mexico in places like Jalisco, Estado de Mexico and Morelos:
http://www.elfinanciero.com.mx/nacional/morelos-suspende-clases-por-nevadas.html

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/articulo/estados/2016/03/10/vientos-y-nevada-en-jalisco-dejan-un-muerto-y-danos-materiales

This is the climate report for the next hours:
https://twitter.com/webcamsdemexico/status/708171864938418176

Some temperatures about zero celsius alongside mexican central volcanic belt.
https://www.elsiglodetorreon.com.mx/noticia/1205125.sorprende-la-nieve-al-semidesierto.html

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Thanks to Argiris Diamantis and Carlos (Red Eagle) for these links

6 thoughts on “Surprise snow in the semidesert – Mexico”

  1. so? the only HOT thing in a goodly part of mexico is the chillis?
    how unusual…/sarc
    no ones reporting the cold at all…msm wise
    why would that be one wonders??
    😉
    oh and isnt it now almost spring up in that half of the planet?

    1. Yes, spring in a week, snow crocus finally blooming here in central IL. & bulbs starting to push through mulch. time to plant potatoes in 2 weeks here. it was a fairly nice winter here, I didn’t get to ride my snowmobile once, but fished on 8 inches of solid black ice for 5 weeks, so not the wamest evah. How did your gardens do down under there this year, any signs of lack of production or slow ripening?

  2. Please do me a favour! If this was Summer there would be floods every where. The snow is doing every body a favor, that water will going into the ground over time instead of just being run off flooding.
    This is what happens when a meridonial jet stream wave move 1000 miles west, the cold air stream moves with it, and dips down into the 30 degree latidues and the reason why the US east Coast has had a less cold winter than the last four.
    El Nino has provided the water for the snow in Mexico and the Rockies. AGW has had nothing to do with it.

  3. doesn’t sound like spring to me! And it’s certainly not warming up anywhere in the last 30 years either.

  4. “In Cuencamé, for example, from 7:50 pm on Thursday, it began to snow, a situation not seen since just over 18 years ago, on December 12, 1997.”

    Perhaps the snow there is an El-Nino thing ?

  5. Well, the Mexican MSM is reporting it, but no one seems to be translating or reporting on it in any English-language source. The Monarch story should be a major environmental story, but it isn’t being reported outside Mexico yet either.

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