Mexicans Flee Snow, Cold to Shelters

Coldest weather in 60 years brrr-ies Chihuahua
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 3, 2011 1:59 AM CST
Diego Penaloza, 6, of Mexico City, catches snowflakes on his tongue during a visit to Times Square.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – The weather continued to astound yesterday as frigid temperatures and snow forced scores of Mexicans in Chihuahua to community shelters. The area was hit by blackouts, and local airports, businesses and schools were shut in the coldest weather in 60 years. It's part of the same storm system that has slammed nearly half the US population in 30 states with snow, sleet or cold, notes CNN. The Arctic front dumped nearly 2 feet of snow in some regions, with wind-chill temperatures plunging well below zero, even in Texas.
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