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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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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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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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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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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100,000+ livestock dead due to snowstorms in Rio Negro, Argentina #Livestock #Snowstorms #RioNegro #Argentina
Intense snowstorms and frosts hit Patagonia amid one of the region’s worst winters in two decades, which has badly affected the agricultural sector. More than 100 000 livestock animals have perished, according to officials’ first estimate of losses, who also warned that herdsmen in the highlands may lose up to 70 percent of the flock. In early August, an agricultural disaster emergency was declared for the affected territories.
Officials conducted the first assessment of losses together with technicians from the Agriculture Technology Institute, covering highlands next to the cordillera.
“Anyhow, we are talking of at least 100 000 sheep and 5 000 cattle,” said provincial livestock secretariat Tabare Bassi this week.
Bassi further warned that the severe weather could cause the death of 70 percent of the flock in the high areas of the Patagonian Argentina’s Rio Negro Province.
Intense snowfall followed by frosts affected mostly small farmers with flocks no larger than 250 heads, “which makes it a serious survival challenge,” he said.
“We estimate that the worse losses are along the mountainous terrain between 1 000 and 1 300 m (3 280 to 4 260 feet) above sea level, while at sea level we can expect sheep mortality in the range of 30 percent.”
While snow in the lower lands will help renew pastures during spring, Bassi pointed out that the main concern is the small farmers in the highlands who make money out of wool and survive winter feeding on mutton.
“We will have to give them some sort of support.”
Rio Negro senator Alberto Weretilneck proposed an initiative requesting extensive economic aid for the affected farmers, “which is one of the conditions considered in the Sheep Farming Recovery Fund,” when there is an agriculture emergency as a result of severe weather conditions.
Weretilneck recalled that in early August, the province has declared an agriculture emergency, and it is urgent to enforce measures that will enable them to address the situation, which is forecast to worsen.
Patagonia has been gripped by one of its worst winters in the last 20 years, with Rio Negro among the worst affected provinces.
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