Ushuaia hit by heaviest snowfall in more than 20 years, Argentina


A snowstorm has been pummeling Ushuaia City in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, since May 24, 2021. According to the Civil Defense, the storm dumped more than 0.5 m (1.6 feet) of snow over the weekend alone, an amount not seen for more than two decades.

"For more than two decades we have not had a record of such a large and prolonged snowfall," said Cristian Elias, the region's Civil Defense coordinator.

Elias added that if the heavy snow continues, they would be "facing a historical weather phenomenon for the city's records."

Since late May, snow has been falling continuously in the area. More than 30 cm (12 inches) have fallen in a 24-hour period to May 30.

The accumulated snow caused traffic disruptions, but the municipal government said they are carrying out "immense work to allow passability through the most traveled circuits."

The Civil Defense advised residents to avoid going out unless necessary, and if they should, travel with utmost caution and comply with the current regulations amid the severe weather.

The snow is accompanied by unseasonal cold temperatures, with some areas recording -9 °C (15.8 °F).

Meteorologists said the snowfall is expected to ease over the next few days.

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