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Winter Weather Advisory: Freezing temps follow early snow

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Snow falls in El Paso as a dusting covers the Franklin Mountains.

EL PASO, Texas -- A Winter Weather Advisory issued by the National Weather Service remained in effect for much of the Borderland region after many woke up to their first snow of the season on Tuesday.

The advisory was triggered by a major, early season winter storm that arrived in the Borderland Monday night and was expected to impact the area through Wednesday morning.

Tuesday's dusting of snow arrived a day earlier in El Paso than the prior earliest snowfall on record, which was Oct. 28, 1980 with an inch. And in Las Cruces, where 1.7 inches of snow was officially measured, it surpassed the prior earliest measurable snow set on Nov. 13, 1976 at 1.6 inches.

ABC-7 First Alert StormTrack weather forecaster Iris Lopez said that aside from the snow, record-setting cold temperatures and wind chills were gripping the Borderland for Tuesday night into Wednesday morning as the cold air poured in.

"Below freezing temperatures are expected overnight as temperatures will reach the upper 20s in both El Paso and Las Cruces," she said.

Snow was expected to taper off late Tuesday night, but slick and icy roadways could make travel difficult through Wednesday morning.

Transmountain Road was closed in both directions through El Paso on Tuesday due to snowy and icy conditions, state transportation officials said.

Windy conditions associated with the storm triggered a power outage that affected about 4,100 homes and businesses in west El Paso for an hour or so late Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

The Borderland can expect drier conditions on Wednesday once the storm has passed, but temperatures were to remain well below average before warming up into the lower 70s by the weekend.

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Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.



  1. The people here have no idea what real cold and snow is. We returned to the United States from an assignment at the embassy in Moscow, not that is true cold. 20 below, not counting the wind chill.

    1. Exactly right. Never been to Moscow, but have been north of the arctic circle on board ESSEX in December 1964! 30 years in Idaho where the temps got down to -40°, not counting wind chill several years!

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