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Winter weather moves into the Borderland

By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas -- As a strong cold front moves into El Paso, its effects are already being noticed in a tangible way.

Temperatures have dropped by 40 degrees, and winds are gusting.

The powerful winds uprooted and knocked a massive 50-foot tree onto the roof of a west side apartment complex.

"This is our busy season. With the pickup of the wind, we get a lot more jobs," said John Saathoff, the owner of John's Tree Service.

Saathoff and his men arrived at the complex with chainsaws to clear away the tree, a process they said would take about a day and a half.

"The roots are surfaced, since we're on a mountain, and they're not going down, so when the wind blows, and everything's dead, they have a real good chance of falling over," Saathoff said. "The freeze of 2011 killed the heart of a lot of the trees' wood, and a lot of these trees died out, so you see all these trees declining little by little."

Despite the winds and near-freezing temperatures, James Aguirre took the opportunity to get a jog in.

"It's been a really weird drop. Just yesterday it was nice and warm, I wasn't having to wear a jacket or anything when I came to work out, and now all of a sudden you see I'm out here with a beanie, a cloth and a jacket," Aguirre said. "I always like winter; it's calm, it means hot cocoa is coming and warm heaters and whatnot."

"Bring on the snow!" Abby Diaz said as she left a Walgreens. "It's cold, it's freezing, but I kind of like it. I dig it, it's about time to bundle up."



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