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‘Snow apocalypse’ blankets frozen Moscow

Heavy snowfalls have buried Moscow in massive snow piles, disrupting transport, delaying flights and making it tough to get around for pedestrians braving strong winds and temperatures of minus 15 Celsius (5 Fahrenheit).

The snowfall started late on Thursday and was expected to end on Sunday. Russia’s emergency service advised people to stay away from trees, warning of winds gusts of 18 metres per second (40 mph). “It’s a real snowstorm, a snow Armageddon, a snow apocalypse. This is not a practice alert, but a combat alert,” Evgeny Tishkovets from the weather service Fobos was quoted by RIA news agency as saying before the snowfall began.

By early Saturday, snow depth in the city reached 56 centimetres (22 inches), Fobos said. This was close to exceeding a record high of 60 cm for accumulated snow on a Feb. 13, it said.

On Friday Moscow saw record snowfall for a Feb. 12, breaking the previous record set for the date in 1973, Russian news agencies reported citing the national meteorological service.

There have been multiple flight delays at the airports in Moscow, a city of more than 12 million people. Unusually for a weekend, traffic was jammed in many places.

Around 60,000 people were working to clear the streets, the Moscow mayor’s office said.

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Part of the River Thames freezes for first time in several years

Sub-zero temperatures saw water turn to ice along a section of the Thames in Teddington, in the south west of England’s capital city.

An image taken by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in Teddington showed seagulls chilling on the frozen surface of the river.

In a tweet, the RNLI said they might’ve needed to use a smaller lifeboat as an ‘icebraker’ to get out onto the water because it’s “not often the Thames freezes over in Teddington”.

A spokesperson said “It’s quite spectacular. I’ve lived here for 13-years and I’ve not seen this part of the river freeze like this.”

The Thames has completely frozen over in the past, the last time being in January 1963 – the coldest winter for more than 200 years that brought blizzards, snow drifts and temperatures of -20C.

Extremely cold weather this week saw temperatures in London drop to -2C, meanwhile the UK experienced the coldest February night for 25 years – with temperatures of -23C recorded at Braemar weather station in Scotland.

Between 1309 and 1814, the Thames froze at least 23 times and on five occasions the ice was strong enough to hold a fair on the river.

The ice was several feet thick and could support shops, pubs, fairground rides, thousands of people – and even elephants could walk across it!

The first ‘frost fair’ as they were known was recorded in 1608 when the river iced up for six weeks. The last fair took place over 200 years later in 1814.

The frost fairs took place during a period of time known as the Little Ice Age, roughly between 1350-1850 which saw an increase in cold winters in parts of Europe.

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FURTHER SNOW IS FALLING IN PARTS OF THE ALPS WITH ‘HIGH’ AVALANCHE DANGER

Avalanche Emergency Alert

Huge amounts of snow have fallen in parts of the Alps. Some people have been caught in avalanches, villages were cut off and more snow is on the way. There have been some large spontaneous avalanches. There are some excellent skiing conditions, but it’s highly dangerous off piste.

The fiercest storms started in the north and western Alps, in Switzerland and France.

Up to 2m has fallen at altitude in a few places.

There are some spontaneous avalanches happening.

Further east, Austria has also seen some heavy snow in the Tirol and Salzburg.

The new snow has been falling on the snowpack that has an extremely weak, and widespread, layer near the base of the snow.

The fresh snow is putting extra pressure on this already very weak snowpack.

The temperatures have been warm in the Alps and heavy rain has also fallen with flooding worries.

The Avalanche Death Toll in the Alps Continues to Climb and the latest incidents we have heard about come from Austria

Four people were killed in avalanches in the Tirol in Austria over the weekend.

Extreme caution is urged across many parts of the Alps.

It is one of the most dangerous periods in recent years across the Alps.

There have been 45 deaths so far this winter and that comes as many resorts are closed.

After easing on Sunday more snow is on the way, though not in such large amounts.

Here’s the scene in Val d’Isere, France, first thing on Monday morning.

30cm is forecast and the avalanche danger is at Level 4.

People in Val d’Isere are being asked to clear the snow from the roof of buildings as it could slide off and bury passing pedestrians.

And Val Thorens has been monitoring the snow levels over the past few days.

It was quite a storm last week with Level 5 avalanche danger in parts of France and Switzerland, plus Level 4 in some places in Austria.

Up to 2m fell in a few spots with many others having well over a metre.

Ski resorts remain open across Switzerland with some lift closures due to the snow levels.

In Switzerland for Monday there remains a ‘considerable’ risk of avalanche with Level 3 in many places and ‘high’ at Level 4 in some areas in the east of the country.

“The large amounts of fresh fallen snow and freshly generated snowdrifts from this last week are continuing to consolidate,” said the Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche Studies.

“Beneath the thick layers of fresh snow, particularly in the Valais and in Grisons, there are strikingly weak layers.

“Avalanches can be triggered in these layers by persons, as various large-spread avalanche releases of the last few days have amply demonstrated.”

There is now excellent levels of snow across many parts of the Alps with conditions above average for the time of year.

For an analysis we turn to Fraser Wilkin from weathertoski.co.uk

“Following last week’s wild weather, snow depths are now way above average across the north-western Alps (e.g. Tignes, Val Thorens, Chamonix, Verbier, Zermatt, Mürren, Engelberg, Laax), especially at altitude where three-day storm totals (between Wednesday and Saturday) were between 1m and 1.5m above 2200m, with even more in places.

“Indeed, all parts of the Alps currently have excellent snow cover, though we do appreciate that publicly accessible lift-served skiing is still only possible in Austria and Switzerland.

“If skiing in the Alps does become more accessible to greater numbers of people later on this season, even if that means skiing in the Alps beyond the “normal” season (i.e. later in spring or in summer) then there is plenty to be optimistic about, from a snow perspective at least.”

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Powerful storm blankets Southern California mountains with snow

Snow Alert

A powerful stormed moved its way through Southern California and blanketed mountains with snow on Friday.

Big Bear got more than a foot of snow. The snow dumped within 24 hours is in addition to the two feet that fell on Monday.

It’s great news for skiers and snowboarders, and for local businesses. The economy there has been hit hard by the pandemic.

At Snow Valley Mountain Resort in Running Springs, about 18 to 24 inches of snow fell within 24 hours and the area was still seeing fresh snow Friday morning.

The mid-winter storm meant better conditions at Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood, allowing them to open their east side resort for the first time this season. About 18 to 24 inches of snow was reported at Mountain High on Friday.

In Oak Glen, one of the burn areas, snow levels were dropping, which left minimal flooding. Flash floods were a concern in several burn areas in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Those planning a trip to the mountains will need chains on their vehicle.

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Major Snow Storm Slams the Northeast, USA, Crippling Air Travel and Closing the Subway

A powerful winter storm pummeled much of the Northeastern United States on Monday, canceling flights, causing outdoor subway closures and disrupting travel for millions of people along the I-95 corridor.

In New York City, a forecast of up to two feet of snow by Tuesday could make the snowstorm one of the biggest in the city’s history. More than 13 inches of snow had fallen in Central Park by 1 p.m., including eight inches in the previous six hours, the National Weather Service said on Twitter.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that heavy snow would give way to icy, dangerous conditions on Tuesday and that in-person learning at city schools would be canceled until Wednesday. The storm was also hampering the city’s ability to deal with pandemic and the city postponed coronavirus vaccination appointments scheduled for Monday and Tuesday to later in the week.

“At the most intense points, you’re going to see two to four inches of snow per hour,” Mr. de Blasio said. “That’s extremely intense snow. That’s blinding snow. You do not want to be out if there’s any way to avoid it.”

On Sunday, Mr. de Blasio issued a local emergency declaration, barring most travel in the city starting at 6 a.m. on Monday except in cases of emergencies. Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey declared a state of emergency beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday and said most of New Jersey Transit’s bus and rail operations would be temporarily suspended on Monday because of the storm.

As of 10:45 a.m. on Monday, a band of heavy snow was developing over parts of Pennsylvania and into the early afternoon with a mix of sleet and freezing rain that was expected to change back to snow soon, according to the National Weather Service, with accumulations of 12 to 24 inches forecast for the northeastern part of the state, as well as northern portions of New Jersey. Wind gusts could reach up to 35 m.p.h. Areas in central New Jersey could see snow totals around 15 inches, the service said, making travel extremely difficult.

In Philadelphia, about two inches of snow had fallen in the early hours of Monday, with about five inches in the suburbs. Conditions across the area were expected to dramatically worsen as the day progressed, local meteorologists said, an by day’s end Philadelphia may have eight to 12 inches of snow. Areas around the city were expected to get over a foot and more than 18 inches of snow was possible in the Lehigh Valley and Poconos. A combination of heavy snow and strong winds up to 60 m.p.h. in some areas could create power outages.

In New England, blizzard-like conditions were forecast on Monday, meteorologists said. At noon, a wall of snow moved over the coastal areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut with snow falling at a rate of one two inches an hour. A foot was expected by the evening. Wind gusts up to 70 m.p.h. and moderate coastal flooding could occur.

By Monday evening, the snow will shift into Northern New England, according to the National Weather Service. Areas of rain and freezing rain could occur along the I-95 corridor from Washington to Philadelphia.

On Sunday, as much as three inches of snow fell across the Washington area, and forecasters predicted another inch or so on Monday.

Outdoor subway service in New York City was suspended starting at 2 p.m. on Monday because of the snowstorm, officials said.

There were no immediate plans to pause underground service, but that could change, said Sarah E. Feinberg, the interim president of New York City Transit, which runs the city’s subway and buses.

“This is a dangerous, life-threatening situation,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said at a news conference on Monday. “And expect major closures, so you’re not surprised. And we don’t want anyone to be stranded in a location where they can’t get home again.”

The shut down affected lines across the city and closed 204 of the system’s 472 stations, mostly n Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, according to a map shared by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Passengers were required to disembark at the last underground station before the train goes above ground.

Southbound service on the F line ended in Brooklyn at the Jay Street-MetroTech station, for example. In Queens, the 7 line ended northbound service at Hunters Point Avenue. In the Bronx, northbound service on the 6 line ended at Hunts Point Avenue.

Patrick J. Foye, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversees the subway, buses and two commuter lines, said the Long Island Railroad would stop running between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., while the last Metro-North Railroad trains would leave Grand Central Terminal around 3 p.m.

PATH trains, which link Manhattan with New Jersey, would also stop running at 3 p.m., according to Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Courtesy of nytimes.com

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Storm Dumps 8 inches of Snow – Snarls Interstate, USA

Severe Blizzard Warning

A snow storm with blizzard conditions came through the state Thursday night and Friday, bringing at least 8 inches of snow and terrible driving conditions with it.

While officials with the Atlantic Police Department said there were no accidents in town, and Cass County dispatchers said there were few accidents around the county, travel was not advised, and there were numerous accidents on I-80.

Trooper Shelby McCreedy said early Friday afternoon that the State Patrol was not advising travel.

“Pott, Cass, Adair (counties) still have tow bans,” she said. “We have multiple lane blockages in Pott and Cass. We’re still sticking to the travel not advised.”

McCreedy said traffic on the interstate was moving slow because it was completely snow and ice covered, and the windy conditions were blowing snow across the lanes. She said visibility was “zero” in some places, and the travel advisory was going to stick around until the winds died down because conditions weren’t going to get better until that happened.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for eastern parts of Nebraska and most of the western half of Iowa until 6 p.m. Friday. The service reported 3 to 5 inches of snow in those regions was expected, along with high winds gusting up to 50 mph. Most of the eastern half of Iowa was also under a winter weather advisory Friday, with 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulation expected. The storm, however, dropped 8 inches of snow in the Atlantic area.

Area schools either had a snow day on Friday or held classes via remote learning, and school activities were cancelled. Numerous businesses were closed or closed early on Friday, and the Atlantic Library closed at 2 p.m.

Conditions are expected to remain cold and cloudy for the next few days. The National Weather Service said today’s high will be 29, but it will feel like 10 degrees. Temperatures will slowly warm up, but continue to be in the mid to upper 30’s throughout the week. Conditions will be partly to mostly sunny starting on Tuesday.

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First snow of 2020 falls on Taiwan’s mountains

Snow Alert

As a cold continental air mass blasts into Taiwan, snow has been spotted falling on Taiwan’s Xueshan and Hehuanshan this morning (Jan. 13), with the latter already seeing 10 centimeters.

Due to the effects of the continental air mass, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) predicts that temperatures will be at their coldest on Monday and Tuesday morning (Jan. 13 and 14), with lows dropping to between 11 and 13 degrees Celsius in northern and central Taiwan and possibly as low as 10 degrees in mountainous areas of Hsinchu and Miaoli. The CWB has issued a cold surge advisory for Miaoli and Hsinchu Counties.

Snow has already been reported on Xueshan’s Sanliujiu Lodge and Hehuanshan, the first snows seen on Taiwan’s mountains in 2020. Fans of the Facebook page Hehuanshan Shangxue Jidongtuan (合歡山賞雪機動團) have reported that 2 centimeters have accumulated on the road, while 10 centimeters have fallen on the slopes of Hehuanshan.

Ice has also formed on sections of road leading to Dabajian Mountain near Xueshan and the Wulin Pass near Hehuanshan, and officials have warned motorists to attach chains to their tires when driving in these areas. Meanwhile, at 7 a.m. this morning, graupel was spotted falling on Yushan, Taiwan’s tallest peak.

Courtesy of taiwannews.com.tw

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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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