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Cyclone Sara to lash Moscow with snowfall

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On Sunday, cyclone Sara will cover Moscow with heavy snowfall, the peak will be on Monday morning with visibility less than 1000 meters, the leading expert of the Phobos weather center, Yevgeny Tishkovets informed.

According to him, it will be cloudy in Moscow on Sunday night and in the first half of the day, but without significant precipitation. Light frost is expected at night, the temperature in the capital will drop to – 2 -4 °C

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Freak weather triggers state of emergency in Russia’s Far East, with freezing ice rain & plummeting temperatures

Strong winds and ice cold downpours have struck the city of Vladivostok in the Far East of Russia, leaving thousands without power, electricity and running water. The local government has officially declared a natural disaster.

As many as 120,000 homes were initially affected and, as of Friday, more than 1,500 households in the area were reportedly still cut off from the grid, with many having also lost their central heating. Although temperatures remained comparatively mild, at -1 degree Celsius, the combination of heavy snowfall and high-speed gales disrupted infrastructure and even caused damage to buildings.

In viral footage shared widely on Thursday, Alexander Zhuk, a Vladivostok native, narrowly escaped being crushed by a giant slab of concrete that fell onto his car, which he had been de-icing. He was later pictured next to the written-off vehicle, drinking a beer and celebrating his lucky escape.

The incident underlines concerns from the city’s residents that the fresh snow and freezing temperatures are taking their toll on the older high-rise residential blocks that are a staple in many Far Eastern cities. Some locals also woke up to find their cars virtually entirely frozen by sweeping ice rain that fell across the region overnight.

The Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper published disturbing images on Friday that purport to show the “first fatality” from the weather, with a body laying in the snow in one of Vladivostok’s parks. Local authorities have since confirmed that the man was a 60-year-old of no fixed address. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.

A state of emergency has been in place across the region since Thursday, and temporary shelters offering food, warmth and psychological support have been set up for those unable to stay at home. Authorities warn that conditions could continue to worsen. In the longer-term, scientists warn that extreme weather could become more and more frequent as a side effect of climate change.

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Winter arrives early in central Newfoundland, with 1st major snowfall of the season

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Newfoundland’s first major snowfall of the season started causing problems early Wednesday morning, keeping schools closed and causing slow and sloppy highway conditions in central parts of the island.

Gander had over 27 centimetres of snow on the ground as of 7 a.m., according to Environment Canada meteorologist Rodney Barney, with plows in the town out before dawn clearing parking lots.

A swath of central Newfoundland stretching from Gander through the Terra Nova area, Clarenville and up through the Bonavista Peninsula remained under a snowfall warning, with snow tapering off into flurries by mid-morning.

Environment Canada also issued a special weather statement for the Bay of Exploits and Grand Falls-Windsor areas, warning of up to four centimetres more of snow combined with strong winds making for a slow morning commute.

Many schools in central Newfoundland delayed opening Wednesday morning.

With the first snowfall came the opportunity for those with snowblowers to get their machines up and running ahead of a full-on winter. Some also experienced their first hiccups.

Jeff White, who manages Gander Repair Shop Ltd., told CBC Radio’s On The Go he had a busy morning with repairs.

“We’re into Friday afternoon now before we can get them [all] picked up,” White said.

“It’s usually the first one. It catches people off guard, and where your snowblower has most likely been laid up since last March or April, most people just don’t have them tuned up.”

White said it will be early next week before his shop clears through its backlog of repairs.

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Several Colorado ski resorts get 10 inches of snow from weekend storm

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Multiple Colorado ski resorts received 10 inches or more of fresh snow from a weekend storm that provided a boost to snowmaking efforts in the final week of October, usually a month when one or two areas are already open for the season.

No areas have opened yet, but Loveland and Arapahoe Basin are racing to become the first. Keystone, which also has been making snow, has been aiming for a Nov. 6 opening date.

Sunlight received 10-12 inches at the base, according to spokesperson Troy Hawks, adding that the bounty will be good for snowmaking there.

“Having the moisture on the lower mountain is just fantastic because man-made snow holds up better in the long term on top of moist frozen ground, verses dry frozen ground,” Hawks said. “The dryness draws moisture out of the man-made snow above it. When the ground is already moist, the man-made snow generally lasts longer into the season.”

At Winter Park, spokesperson Jen Miller said the snow stake was showing 11 inches at mid-morning and “it’s still snowing,” she said.

Eldora also received 11 inches, with another inch expected through the day, according to spokesperson Kyle Ogilvie.

Snowmass, Vail and Beaver Creek all received 10 inches, while Breckenridge and Keystone reported nine. Loveland got seven inches and Arapahoe Basin got six.

“We are expecting a little more snow to come in this evening,” said Arapahoe Basin spokesperson Leigh Hierholzer. “We definitely can use the precipitation to help recharge our reservoir.”

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Snow Is Falling On October 26, 2020 in Kansas City, USA

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A winter storm is bringing snow, sleet and freezing rain to Kansas – and that’s causing travel troubles and school closures.

USD 259 (Wichita) IS OPEN TODAY, but several school districts have called off class for today. They include Andover, Derby, Mulvane, Clearwater, El Dorado, Haysville and Rose Hill.

Valley Center and Maize both called off in-person classes. All students will be learning remotely today.

The Kansas Air National Guard is also on a 2-hour delay for non-essential personnel.

Roads are slick across the state. We are hearing of crashes all over Kansas. Thankfully, as of 6:30 a.m., we have not heard of any serious injuries from those crashes.

Give yourself some extra time before you head out the door this morning. Of course, if you can avoid driving this morning, it may be best to just stay home.

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Up to 5 inches of snow in eastern Iowa, USA

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A quick-hitting storm system brought some large snowfall accumulations to eastern Iowa on Monday.

The highest accumulation reported so far in the KCRG-TV9 viewing area was 5 inches on the east side of Cedar Rapids, with several totals in the 2 to 5 inch range in the metro area. Lesser amounts were found to the north and south of the main band of snow.

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Snow on Ben Nevis summit as summer ends #Snow #BenNevis #Scotland

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The first snow of the season has fallen in Scotland just weeks after summer officially ended.

Keen climbers took to Ben Nevis on Saturday afternoon to find snow on the ground at the summit.

Pictures from the Abacus Mountain Guides team show the tell-tale signs of a chilly, Scottish winter on the tip of the UK’s highest mountain in Lochaber.

And one member of the group even appears to be wearing shorts while experiencing the country’s first snow of the season.

A post on their blog reads: “This is the first bit of snow of the autumn so it looks like winter isn’t too far away.”

It comes amid several days of bad weather in the area, with ten flood alerts being issued across Scotland and an expectation of high winds and rain.

According to the Met Office, summer officially came to an end on August 31, as per the meteorological seasons. In the astronomical calendar, summer will not end until September 22.

Iain Cameron, who writes for the Royal Meteorological Society, confirmed on Twitter that the images appear to show the country’s first snowfall for this season.

He wrote: “It’s here. The first snow-fall of the new season has arrived on the summit of Ben Nevis. Photo from earlier today.”

And avid climbers were excited to catch the first glimpse of snow.

One wrote on Facebook: “Nice, hopefully some early season ice on the way.”

Another wrote: Wow, that looks raw! Brrr”.

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Winter-Like Storm Closes Wyoming Highways, Leaves Thousands Without Power #Snowstorm #PowerOutages #Wyoming #USA

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A strong winter-like storm left Wyoming highways closed and thousands of Wyoming residents without power on Tuesday as the weekend’s warm, mild weather was replaced with brisk winds, snow and frigid temperatures.

The storm, the result of moisture coming into Wyoming from the west mixing with cold Arctic air, dropped temperatures from the 90s on Sunday to below freezing by Monday night.

The resulting snow, cold temperatures and brisk winds forced the closure of multiple Wyoming highways by Tuesday morning, including Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Rawlins and from Evanston to the state border, U.S. Highway 189 north from Evanston to Kemmerer, U.S. Highway 20/26 from Casper to Shoshoni and U.S. Highway 14/16/20 at the eastern entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

The weather also caused power outages across the state. Rocky Mountain Power reported that almost 8,000 of its customers were without power Tuesday morning, most of them in the Rock Springs area.

However, outage maps also showed that people were without power in Green River, Riverton, Lander, Casper, Glendo and Douglas.

Snow from the storm appeared vary widely around the state, ranging from 3 inches in Gillette to 5 inches in Wheatland, 7.5 inches in Story, north of Buffalo and 11 inches in Douglas.

It appeared no schools were forced to close by the storm.

By Tuesday morning, Cheyenne had received less than one-half inch of snow.

The storm forced temperatures far below normal for early September and meteorologist Don Day said the cool, wet weather would continue in the region until at least Wednesday before conditions improve heading into the weekend.

“By Saturday afternoon, we’ve got a nice high pressure ridge returning to the region,” he said in his daily podcast. “It’s not a hot one. But what it will do is bring a return of nice looking, in fact, great looking September weather by the weekend that will probably stretch into all the next week.”

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