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Many parts of north, central Mexico below zero in snow

State of Zacatecas — Snow continues to blanket many parts of north and central Mexico, with the latest being the state of Zacatecas.

The low temperature recorded in Zacatecas over the weekend was -14.5 C in the municipalities of Pánuco and Villa Hidalgo, although the extreme temperatures affected much of the territory, mainly in the center-north of the state.

According to the reports of the Directorate of Civil Protection, temperatures below zero degrees were in Rio Grande (-13), Pánfilo Natera (-12), as well as Cd. Cuauhtémoc, Miguel Auza and Trancoso (-11).

While the municipalities of Pinos and Saín Alto registered -10 degrees C,  other regions were also below zero including Guadalupe, Genaro Codina, Zacatecas (-9), Sombrerete (-8.2), Joaquín Amaro (-7); Loreto and Valparaíso (-6), Villanueva (-4); while Nochistlán and Villa González Ortega (-3.5).

According to meteorological reports of the National Water Commission (Conagua), these extreme temperatures will continue with a 40 percent chance that much of the state will see temperatures at around the -5 range.

Due to the winter storm and the Cold Front 14, state authorities have activated the 2017-2018 Winter Contingency Plan, while the Mexican Army has implemented plans to grant hot drinks in vulnerable areas of municipalities such as Zacatecas, Guadalupe and Fresnillo.

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