ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—A bitter cold front made its way through New Mexico Saturday and was expected to drop temperatures below zero in several parts of the state.

Portions of central New Mexico and the state's Bootheel, as well as the town of Gallup, will likely experience sub-freezing temperatures, the National Weather Service said.

Forecasters said isolated, scattered snow showers were expected in some parts of northern and western New Mexico. The state's Department of Transportation reported difficult driving conditions throughout northern New Mexico and the Four Corners region.

The cold air is moving south from Canada and should bring below freezing temperatures in Albuquerque through Wednesday. City officials urged residents to take precaution with outdoor pipes and to bring house pets inside.

Authorities also warned residents to take care of sensitive crops and vegetation.

"Those with agricultural interests across the region should also take precautions to provide additional care for livestock during extended sub-freezing temperatures," said Brian Guyer, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.