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Mexico records first snowfall of the 2023 winter season

Mexico City, Mexico — Mexico has recorded its first snowfall of the year. Early Wednesday morning, snow began to fall in three of Mexico’s northern states. By the afternoon, snow and sleet was recorded in five states.

Civil Protection in the states of Durango, Coahuila and Chihuahua were out monitoring road conditions due to the early morning arrival of the snow.

According to Mexico’s Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN), it was the country’s first snowfall of the 2023 winter season. The weather conditions were made favorable for snow with the arrival of Cold Front 11 from the U.S.

A mountainous highway leading to the sunny beach destination of Mazatlan was seen covered in snow early Wednesday morning.
Photo: Protection Civil Durango November 22, 2023.

One of the most affected states by the cold front was Durango. According to Civil Protection Durango, as of 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, “snowfall was reported in 15 communities in 3 municipalities (10 in Guanaceví, 4 in Tepehuanes and 1 in Tamazula).”

While the cold front did not generate snow across the entire state, it did cause slippery conditions with light rains on cold roads. “There is light rain in 11 municipalities, so far the forecast remains unchanged during the day,” the state agency reported.

The fresh snowfall causes traffic to back up on a Zacatecas highway. Photo: Guardia Nacional Carreteras November 22, 2023.

The National Water Commission (Conagua) reported cold temperatures in the mountain regions of Sonora, Chihuahua and Durango. Daytime temperatures were forecast to hover around -10C (14F).

Over the course of the day, Conagua reported snowfall had been reported in the mountains of Chihuahua, Durango, Zacatecas, Coahuila and Nuevo León.