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Third Snowfall in San Miguel

Los Picachos, San Miguel de Allende, photo by Gustavo Hernández Razo

Nopales and snow, Los González, San Miguel de Allende, photo by Lucas Muñoz

Vista desde puente Bicentenario

Los Picachos, San Miguel de Allende, photo by Ale Santos

By Jesús Aguado

Today San Miguel is covered with a snow for the third recorded time. This phenomenon occurred in 1978, then seven years ago, and now this year.

Since Wednesday afternoon, March 9, CONAGUA (National Commission of Water) has sent press releases stating that in Ocampo, León, and Santa Rosa in the state of Guanajuato, snowfall was registered. It was also forecasted for the north and northeast region of the state, where San Miguel de Allende is situated.

The temperature of 0°C, the winds from three to 28 km/h, and the rain provoked the falling of snow in the upper area of the city around 8pm night last. These are the effects of the cold fronts 44 and 45, combined with the winter storm that currently impacts central Mexico.

On Wednesday night, the Civil Protection Department of San Miguel informed that minor incidents were recorded in the city, such as four trees falling, a woman with slight injuries due to the fall of a sheet of asbestos, and some damage to advertising banners on bridges. Today, the Public Relations Department advised that the Boulevard de la Conspiración was set up as a two-way road due to damages on some streets in Fraccionamiento Insurgentes.

On Wednesday night at 11:30pm, the Guanajuato Secretariat of Education sent a press release informing that the classes in the north and northeast region of the state were to be canceled (for primary, secondary, and preschool levels). At 7am today, some students arrived at the schools, but they were sent home, even those in preparatory school, because the principals deemed they would be safer at home.

According to a press release from CONAGUA, the forecast for the state today, March 10 is: “The temperatures will continue cold during the morning and night; fog banks and snowfalls in the mountainous areas. The rainfalls will be isolated, and the wind will be of slower intensity.” The temperature for the north zone is a high of 18–20°C and a low from 3–5°C.


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