The same storm that plowed through wide swaths of the United States swiped Mexico's northern border cities Wednesday night, covering the region in a thin layer of snow and bringing record-breaking temperatures that wreaked havoc in an area usually untouched by winter's misery.
In Ciudad Juarez, life ground to a virtual halt. The city's schools and factories were closed, and thousands of residents who are homeless or live in unweatherized dwellings headed for government-run shelters Wednesday night, according to The Associated Press. The Mexican newspaper La Prensa reported widespread power outages and said thousands of Ciudad Juarez residents remained without water this morning.
The extreme weather made travel in the region nearly impossible. Buses stopped running, cars skidded off the road, and Abraham González International Airport outside Ciudad Juarez was closed. Officials reported 28 car accidents Wednesday evening but no fatalities, Agence France-Presse reported.