Los Angeles, Dec 22 – Extremely low temperatures are expected for the next few days on the United States border with Mexico, warned today the Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which advised migrants not to attempt the crossing the dividing line to avoid tragedies.

“Extremely cold temperatures, below freezing, are expected along the US-Mexico border over the next week. Do not risk your life or the lives of your loved ones trying to cross the Rio Grande River or the desert. Please stay home or in a safe shelter and avoid a tragedy,” CBP posted on Twitter.

The warning comes as much of the United States prepares for a “once-in-a-generation” winter storm, as the National Weather Service (NWS) has described it.

In its latest update on Thursday, the NWS forecast a “major freak storm” through the weekend, with snow, strong winds and “dangerous” low temperatures.

The meteorological phenomenon will go from the north of the Great Basin – a hydrographic zone that includes Nevada, part of Utah and California, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming -, to the north of the Midwest, the Great Lakes and the central and northern Appalachians.

President Joe Biden himself warned Americans on Thursday to take the storm “extremely seriously” and to follow the recommendations of the authorities.

“This is really a very severe weather alert. And it goes from Oklahoma to Wyoming, and from Wyoming to Maine. And there are real consequences, so I encourage everyone to please follow local advisories,” he told reporters. from the Oval Office of the White House.

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