What are the most affected areas?

What are the most affected areas?
What are the most affected areas?

This combination of water, wind and humidity could turn into frost or small snowflakes in the city of Neuquén by night, according to the national organization. The maximum would be 9 degrees Celsius for this Saturday.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, conditions would remain with similar characteristics, although without the presence of wind. The minimum would be 2°C and the maximum would not exceed 7°C in the city of Neuquén and surrounding areas.

The Interjurisdictional Authority of Basins (AIC) reported on the entry of polar air into Patagonia, starting this Thursday, with unstable periods with probable rains and snowfalls throughout the region. For the Alto Valle area, it was reported: “Mostly overcast and cold skies throughout the area. The entry of humid polar air will cause unstable periods. The probability of precipitation increases during the afternoon of Saturday and Sunday. Frost. Conditions improve on Monday the 27th.”

Meanwhile, for the mountain range area, it was specified: “Overcast and cold skies throughout the region. Unstable periods with rain and snowfall that may extend to cities and mountain routes during the weekend. White wind.”

Yellow alert for snowfall in Neuquén

On the other hand, the SMN issued a yellow alert for snowfall for different sectors of the province of Neuquén. According to the report known this Saturday early in the morning, the phenomenon will affect the regions located east of Loncopué in the morning hours; east of Picunches; east of Ñorquin, west of Añelo; west of Pehuenches; south of Chos Malal; and from southern Minas.

In addition, the yellow alert indicates that it will last until the afternoon in the Catán Lil area; Collón Cura; Zapala; lower area of ​​Aluminé: lower area of ​​Huiliches and lower area of ​​Lacar.


The map for the yellow alert for snowfall that was announced by the National Meteorological Service (Courtesy SMN)

How to drive in ice and snow

Given these weather conditions, one of the main recommendations is not to go out on the routes if it is not strictly necessary, but if you cannot postpone it, it is mainly recommended to consult the official part of the route conditions before traveling. In this regard, it is requested to avoid driving on routes with snow accumulation, unless it is an emergency.

It is also always requested to wear a seat belt and that children travel in the respective safety devices, depending on their age.

route 43 snow traffic police control

Courtesy @NicoFuentes14

It is important to maintain a safe distance between vehicles, since more space is needed to stop on ice or snow. In addition, it is important to drive gently to avoid sudden movements or “jerks” and reduce speed to take a curve; reducing speed is also essential in these cases.

Finally, it is requested to avoid driving on the shoulder, except in cases of extreme necessity.

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