Chilies Are Hot, Santiago's Not: Rare Snowfall Blankets Chilean Capital

Chile turns chilly as Santiago hit by rare snowfall

On Saturday, snow fell in Chile's capital, Santiago, for the first time in about 20 years.

Rare snowfall in Santiago, Chile, left at least one person dead and caused widespread power outages Sunday.

One death has been reported as a result of the storm of a worker trying to clear away the ice, while two others were injured when they were electrocuted by a falling power line, reports local media. The snowstorm was the heaviest since 2007, AFP said, citing meteorologists. About 250,000 people were hit by power cuts, officials said, mostly caused by snow-laden trees falling on cables. "Take the necessary safeguards - remember that the streets and sidewalks have less grip", Chile's national police force, called the Carabineros de Chile, said in a statement.

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Still, residents enjoyed the snow, some calling it "magical". Several football matches were suspended due to heavy snow, the Football Federation of Chile said in a statement.

"Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time", the Chilean government said in a statement obtained by UPI.

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