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Winter Storm Warnings Issued as Snow Falls Across Central Texas, USA

Heavy, wet snow fell across central Texas on Sunday, January 10, as the National Weather Service (NWS) issued winter storm warnings for the region.

This footage from Inks Lake State Park near Burnet shows the snowfall. Early Sunday, the NWS forecast a rain/snow line pushing southeast across the region throughout most of the day, bringing inches of snowfall.

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10 TONS of fish dead ‘due to cold’ in Tha Uthen, Thailand

Fish Kill Alert

The current cold spell in upper Thailand has killed at least 10 tonnes of fish being raised in baskets in Tha Uthen distict.

The cold weather moved in before the New Year, with temperatures of 10-12°C overnight.

Farmers raising fish in the Songkhram stream, a Mekong river tributary, are mostly from Hat Kuan village in tambon Chaiburi of Tha Uthen district.

They said large numbers of fish, mostly Nile tilapia or pla nil, had died in the last few days. They estimated their losses at 10 tonnes or more. The fish were four to five months old and weighed 1-1.2 kilogrammes each, and were almost ready for market. They valued the total loss at 500,000 baht.

The dead fish had to be buried. Fishery officials had warned them the fish were not safe to eat.

Piya Atkachorn, chief of the fishery office of Tha Uthen, said the fish died from a combination of the cold and low oxygen content of the water of Songkhram stream.

His office was looking into ways of mitigating the damage to the fish farmers, he said.

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Madrid Paralysed’ by Heavy Snow Storms as Roads shut and Madrid Airport forced to Suspend Operations

Snow Emergency

Madrid Paralysed’ by Heavy Snow Storms as Roads shut and Madrid Airport forced to Suspend Operations.

The very heavy snow fall that was forecast by AEMET, the Spanish meteorological service, has tonight struck Spain’s capital Madrid.

Storm Filomena has kept all of Spain, except Melilla, on alert for intense cold, wind, rain and snow. The storm is affecting some 406 roads throughout Spain, 42 of them on the main network, according to an update by the General Directorate of Traffic. In addition, the secondary road network, 41, is on the black level, that means it is impassable and more than 200 roads are on the red level, with heavy vehicles now obligated to wear snow chains.

So far, up to 7:00 pm, there have been three flight diversions, one in Malaga, another in Córdoba and another in Tenerife North, and nine cancellations at Ceuta heliport.

In the capital, the M-30 ring road between the north junction and the Manoteras junction and the M-40 is cut into a small section. In this second route, snow chains are mandatory in the 60 kilometres of its journey.

The Community emergency service recommends not using private vehicles and reminds everyone of the obligation to use chains on their cars after ten at night. Also on the main network, the passage of traffic is completely interrupted in three kilometres in both directions of the CM-40 and another of the CM-42 as it passes through Toledo.

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Winter storm impacts parts of New Mexico, USA

Warmer weather to finish out the week, but a winter storm will impact parts of New Mexico this weekend.

Temperatures will continue to hover above average for this time of year on Friday as cloud cover will move across the state. However, a winter storm will begin to move into New Mexico on Saturday, first across the northern part of the state, then bring the potential for heavy snow across eastern New Mexico Saturday evening into Sunday morning.

There are still some uncertainties in the forecast with the track of this weekend’s storm system, but forecast models are getting a better handle on it. It is appearing more likely that many areas along and east of the central mountain chain will see snowfall this weekend, with pockets of heavy snow upwards of 6″. East facing slopes will be the focus for some of the heaviest snowfall too as upslope flow will aid in heavy snow development.

Keep an eye on the forecast as this will likely affect travel for many areas in eastern and northern New Mexico by Sunday morning.

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Heavy snow, storm continue on Sea of Japan coast

Severe Blizzard Warning

Weather officials are warning of heavy snow continuing along the Sea of Japan that will quickly accumulate in some areas. They’re also forecasting fierce winds in the northern part of the country.

The Meteorological Agency said a developing low pressure system and a winter air pressure pattern over the Japanese archipelago have brought intermittent snow mainly to the Sea of Japan coastal areas.

Agency officials said snow is falling heavily in the mountainous areas, particularly in the Hokuriku region.

A record snowfall of 59 centimeters was observed in Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture, for 12 hours until Friday morning and 48 centimeters in the prefecture’s capital, Toyama City.

By 11 a.m. on Friday, 112 centimeters of snow had piled up in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture, 91 centimeters in Aomori City, northern Japan, and 72 centimeters in Toyama City.

Heavy snow is expected to continue until Sunday even in lowlands along the Sea of Japan and mountainous areas on the Pacific coast. People in the Hokuriku region are being warned of heavy, intermittent snow until Saturday, which may accumulate quickly.

Up to 120 centimeters of snow is expected in the mountainous areas of Niigata Prefecture over the 24-hours through Saturday morning. Mountainous areas in the Hokuriku region are expected to see up to 80 centimeters of snow.

The Kinki and Chugoku regions, as well as Gifu Prefecture may see up to 70 centimeters of snow, the Tohoku region up to 60 centimeters, and Hokkaido Prefecture up to 50 centimeters.

Fierce winds are expected to continue in coastal areas of northern Japan. Areas in Hokkaido may be hit by winds of up to around 80 kilometers per hour and the Tohoku region up to about 70 kilometers per hour. High waves are also expected in waters near the areas.

Agency officials are warning people in the affected areas of storms and high waves, as well as possible traffic disruptions. They are also urging caution over avalanches, power outages, falling trees, and accidents while removing snow.

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Spain records lowest temperature ever at -34C coupled with heavy snow

Record Cold Alert

Heavy snow and icy winds blasted Spain as temperatures plumetted to -34.1C, the lowest ever recorded on the Iberian peninsula, the State Meterololgical Agency said on Wednesday.

The chilling temperature was recorded at Clot del Tuc de la Llanca in Aragon in the Spanish Pyrenees at 5.19 a.m., the agency said.

This was two degrees lower than in 1956, when temperatures of -32C were recorded in Estany-Gento, in Lleida, in northeastern Spain.

More heavy snowfall is forecast for much of central and northern Spain with temperatures expected to fall -11C.

A 75-year-old man who got lost after he decided to walk to safety when his car became stuck in a snow storm was rescued by police in Navia de Suarna, near Lugo, in northwestern Spain.

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Heavy snow hits parts of the UK as police warn drivers to take care

Snow Alert

Heavy snow has hit parts of the UK today, including in the West Midlands and the Cotswolds, as police warned people to take care due to delays on the roads.

There were reports of snow falling in counties such as Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire as well as in Birmingham and Stourbridge, and lighter dustings as far south as Devon.

Gloucestershire Police tweeted: “Heavy snow is starting to fall in the rural parts of the county. This will cause delays on the roads. Only go out if it is essential to do so.

“We are receiving a number of reports of snow around the county causing disruption, particularly in the Forest of Dean and the A417 around Birdlip. Please stay safe and avoid all unnecessary travel.”

Staffordshire Police also warned of “serious disruption”, with several roads in the area impassable.

Snow and ice warnings remain in place for much of the UK today as a cold snap bites in the aftermath of Storm Bella.

It comes as around 90 flood warnings are still in force in England, along with about 160 less serious flood alerts.

Snow had already fallen in parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and England, including in the Peak District in Derbyshire, on Sunday.

The Met Office has issued a yellow “be aware” warning for snow and ice on Monday until 6pm in London, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Southampton and West Berkshire, as well as Gloucestershire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

The warning said: “Further rain, sleet and snow is likely at times this afternoon. For many, this will not settle on roads.

“However, 1 to 3cm is possible in a few places, mainly on high ground above 200 metres where some icy surfaces are also possible. The rain, sleet and snow will clear steadily southwards by early evening.”

The forecasters’ advice warns of the potential for injuries from icy surfaces and delays to trains and road transport.

There has also been a new yellow warning issued for snow and ice covering much of the country from 6pm today to 10am on Tuesday.

The Met Office said: “Ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces during Monday night, especially where showers move well inland.

“Some of the showers will be wintry and could produce 2 to 5cm of lying snow above 250 metres, mostly over the Pennines and North York Moors where up to 10cm is possible.

“Elsewhere, most places will see little or no snow, but a slight covering of a centimetre or so is possible in a few places.”

Large swathes of London, the Midlands, the South, the South West, plus the east of England and Wales have also been warned that snow and ice could hit on Wednesday and Thursday.

The chilly temperatures follow several days of extreme weather over the Christmas period, which saw severe flooding in parts of southern England before Storm Bella arrived on Boxing Day, with winds of more than 100mph.

Sky News weather presenter Isobel Lang said: “There will be wintry showers around eastern and southeastern counties of England, although the area of more persistent wintry weather moving southwards over central, southern and southwest England is more of a concern.

“Some snow is likely through the morning there, especially over Salisbury Plain, the Mendips and the Cotswolds.

“Some places will miss the showers and see some good sunny spells but everywhere will feel cold, particularly in the brisk winds in the west.”

Further into the week and towards the New Year, the Met Office says conditions will remain cold with sunshine and the possibility of wintry showers.

As of 12pm on Monday, 88 flood warnings remained in place across England calling for immediate action as flooding was expected, alongside 162 flood alerts.

Parts of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire have been badly affected, with some people forced to evacuate their homes due to the floods.

There were also some flood warnings and alerts in Wales.

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