A yellow and orange alert is in effect for extreme temperatures and snowfall throughout Santa Cruz

The alert remains throughout the province in the face of inclement weather. He National Metereological Service (SMN) renewed the warnings for extreme cold temperatures and strong snowfall.

Extreme cold in Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego

The agency issued alerts yellow and orange that govern in the province of Santa Cruz and orange and red for Tierra del Fuego.

The yellow warning implies that temperatures can be dangerous, especially for risk groups, such as children, people over 65 years of age, and those with chronic diseases. In the case of the orange alert, it indicates a moderate to high effect on health, so temperatures can be very dangerous, especially for risk groups.


The red level warning, meanwhile, means that heat can have a high to extreme effect on health. In this case, the temperatures are very dangerous, and can affect all people, even healthy ones.

In Rio gallegos, the minimum temperature expected for this Thursday was 18 degrees below zero and -20 degrees Celsius. For this Saturday, meanwhile, a minimum of -9 and a maximum of -1 is expected.

SMN recommendations in the face of extreme temperatures

  • Avoid exposing yourself to the cold outdoors for a long time. When going out, dress warmly with many layers of light clothing.
  • Generate more body heat through movement (walking, getting up and sitting down, moving your limbs, etc.).
  • Keep the house safely heated.
  • Avoid sudden changes in temperature, as they can cause respiratory system diseases.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • If you are affected by the cold, do not self-medicate, consult a doctor or go to the nearest health center.
  • If you have prescribed medication, keep the action plan updated.
  • Do not smoke in closed environments.
  • Pay special attention to boys and girls, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.

Alert for heavy snowfall

Yellow and orange alerts for heavy snowfall are in effect this Friday for the mountain area of ​​San Juan, Mendoza and Neuquén; and for the south of Chubut and the center and north of Santa Cruz.

The yellow alert issued by the SMN For Santa Cruz and Chubut it indicates that “accumulated snow values ​​between 15 and 30 cm are expected, and may be exceeded from time to time, without ruling out the occurrence of rain and mixed snow.”

The orange, meanwhile, points out that in Santa Cruz and Chubut, “the area will be affected by heavy snowfall and persistent. Accumulated snow values ​​between 50 and 70 cm are expected in the mountain areas, and between 20 and 40 cm in plateau areas; both values ​​could be exceeded from time to time.”


SMN recommendations for heavy snowfalls


  • Avoid outdoor activities.
  • Periodically remove snow accumulated on roofs.
  • Travel with appropriate vehicles prepared for ice and snow.
  • Ventilate vehicles and homes to avoid the accumulation of carbon monoxide.
  • Get informed from the authorities. Always have an emergency backpack ready with a flashlight, radio, documents and telephone.


  • Avoid outdoor activities.
  • Plan an additional reserve of food and drinking water in case you leave your home. Cut off the electricity and gas supply.
  • Travel with appropriate vehicles prepared for ice and snow.
  • Stay in your vehicle, do not try to walk away from the storm.
  • If you or someone else is affected by this phenomenon, contact local emergency agencies. Always have an emergency backpack ready with a flashlight, radio, documents and telephone.
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