Forecast to break cold record set in 1924.
Meteorology forecasts up to 15 cm (8 inches) of snow in Santiago this Saturday.
“While snow in the capital is unusual, it is not unheard of,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls.
Santiago has not had snow since 2011, said Nicholls. “There was also another instance of snow whitening Santiago in 2007.”
There is “a high probability” that the snowfall could surpass the phenomenon of 2007 when a great part of the Metropolitan Region was covered of white, especially in the precordilleranos sectors.
Heavier snow will further bury nearby mountains, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller.
“Totals of 30 to perhaps as high as 90 cm (1 to 3 feet) will fall,” said Miller. “The ski resorts will love it.”
On Sunday the temperature will fall drastically, plummeting to 6 below zero C (lower 20s F) in downtown Santiago.
That would break the all-time record low of -4.6 C (23.7 F) set in July 1924 at the Quinta Normal station (the official weather observation site in downtown Santiago), according to data from the Chilean Meteorological Office.
“The suburbs are expected to turn even colder,” says Accuweather.
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