March storm brings rare snow to Mexico; feet of rain to the southeast

- What a week for weather; beautifully warm around here but a tale of two extremes down south.  A cutoff low (a low pressure system that’s cutoff from the steering current in the atmosphere allowing it to meander around North America) stalled and dropped further south than any other like it in recent memory.  This brought record cold and snow to parts of central and northern Mexico and resulted in more than a foot of rain in parts of the Southeast.

As this low pushed southeast Tuesday and Wednesday, the mountains of northern Mexico received upwards of a foot of March snow.  Even Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s most populated cities saw a couple inches of white slushy snow which was the areas first measurable snowfall in nearly 20 years.  This image comes from the Mexico Daily News…

And this one was taken by NASA showing the snow coating the mountains from space…

But as the storm stalled and got closer to the Gulf of Mexico, it picked up copious amounts of moisture and began pushing it into the southeast right through Friday…