Nearly three-quarters of the U.S. is snow-covered, and there’s still more than a month to go before spring. Data from the National Weather Service shows only three states are without snow: Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
Several states that don’t usually see much snow are nearly covered. Southern states, like Texas and Oklahoma, have been especially hit hard this winter, with record-breaking cold, snow, ice and widespread power outages.
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SUB-ZERO COLD AND A RECORD BREAKING 4 METERS (13 FEET) OF SNOW HIT SOUTH AMERICA #Snow #RecordBreaking #SouthAmerica
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A myriad of ski areas, such as Corralco in Chile, have already registered snow totals of 4 meters (13 feet) — astonishing accumulations given that we’re only at the beginning of the snow campaign, and ones not witnessed for decades.
The historic conditions have also delivered 1.5 meters (almost 5 feet) of snow to the city of Mendoza, Las Leñas, Argentina.
With winter barely two weeks old, meteorologists at the Argentine National Weather Service have confirmed that this the highest volume of snow ever received in the city this early in the season.
All this persistent, heavy snowfall has put many regions on the highest avalanche alert level, including the Chubut, Mendoza, Neuquén and Río Negro mountain ranges, reports lugaresdenieve.com.
Accompanying the snow has been exceptionally cold temperatures, with the mercury touching a record-busting 23 degrees below zero in southern Argentina’s Río Negro.
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A punishing cold front has seen record snowfall on Taiwan’s highest peak of Yushan (玉山), and an “orange” cold alert issued for the counties of Hsinchu, Miaoli, and Taoyuan.
This means that temperatures could well drop below 6 degrees Celsius in these areas, from Saturday night to early Sunday morning, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
In addition, there was a “yellow” alert for Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, Hsinchu, Taichung, Changhua, Nantou, Yunlin, Chiayi (city and county), Tainan, Kaohsiung, Yilan, Hualien and Kinmen – meaning temperatures could drop below 10 C in these cities and counties.
Yushan, the nation’s highest mountain at 3,952 meters (12,966 feet) above sea level, had experienced intermittent snow over a 17-hour period. This saw snowfalls of up to 25 centimeters, a record amount, stretching back to 20 years ago.
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Record heavy snowfall in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan in Jan. 2020 equals record in 1964 #RecordSnow #blizzard #NurSultan #Kazakhstan
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Heavy snowfall and blizzard in the city of Nur-Sultan this January equaled the weather record in 1964, chief of the department of short-term forecasts of the Kazgidromet Alua Sakhanova said.
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Extreme cold winter weather in Lapland / Credit: News Now Finland
Visitors to Lapland have the opportunity to experience a proper snowy winter with a record amount of snowfall blanketing the region.
In many places there’s 90cm of snow – for example today in Sodankylä there’s 89cm and in Kittilä 88cm have been recorded, around 30cm more than usual.
“It’s a record for the time of year” says Meteorologist Anniina Valtonen at the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
“Typically in January Lapland really does not have snow cover above 80cm. Such snowfall occurs once every thirty years” she explains.
The deeper-than-usual accumulation is because the first snows came early in autumn 2019.
“The reason why there’s currently so much snow, is that the snowfall started already in October and never melted away” says Valtonen
“The first snowfall comes generally in October, but usually it melts away at that time. Enduring snowfall doesn’t however come usually until November or December” she tells News Now Finland.
It is also noteworthy that in Lapland the temperature has remained constantly cold, while in southern and central Finland the low pressure from the south has kept the weather warm and wet.
“In central Finland, for example, the situation is completely different. There is about 20 to 35 cm less snow than usual and in southern Finland there should normally be about 15 cm of snow already at this point” says FMI’s Anniina Valtonen.
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A mammoth winter storm that struck only Monday evening and buried some parts of Colorado under historic record snowfall began to leave the state Tuesday afternoon. It’s headed towards neighboring Nebraska to inflict its snowy misery on the Cornhusker State.
Colorado weathermen, however, are keeping their eyes on a second snowstorm system expected to arrive Friday. They predict a cold and dry Thanksgiving with lots of snow.
Monday’s winter storm dumped historic snowfall on Boulder and Fort Collins, said local TV station CBS4. Weathermen said many areas along the Front Range experienced the most snow in three years. Among these were the community of Drake with 33 inches of snow; Livermore with 32 inches; and Coal Creek Canyon with 30 inches.
Colorado officials reported the highest snow totals took place in the foothills of Boulder and Larimer Counties where snowfall hit 3 feet in some areas. Denver International Airport (DIA) officially reported 7 inches of snow as of 5:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Hundreds of flights to and from DIA were canceled Tuesday as maintenance crews worked feverishly to clear heavy snow from runways. DIA is the largest airport in North America by total land area and the second largest in the world.
More than 1,100 passengers were forced to spend Monday evening at the airport due to the heavy snowstorm, said airport spokeswoman Alex Renteria. She said airport employees handed out blankets, baby formula and diapers to stranded passengers while restaurants stayed open past their usual closing time to serve those stranded.
DIA reported 475 flights cancelled Tuesday. Airport crews deployed snowplows, sand trucks and 20 other types of equipmenty to clear and keep the runways open on Tuesday.
Oddly, and despite the snowstorm, most ski areas in Colorado have seen less snow than Denver and the Front Range. Local media said there is still plenty of fresh powder on the mountains ahead of Thanksgiving.
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You’ve never seen a Thanksgiving like that before.
The Albuquerque area shattered the previous record for snowfall in what was the snowiest Thanksgiving in the city’s history.
And it wasn’t even close.
By mid-day Thursday, there had been 3.9 inches recorded at the Albuquerque International Sunport, which is the city’s official climate site, said Alyssa Clements, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.
That measurement far surpassed what had been the previous snowiest Thanksgiving, which was way back in 1934 when the city had 1.5 inches of snow on Thanksgiving, she said.
“We’re easily going to set a new record for Thanksgiving day,” Clements said.
And the airport’s reading was actually one of the lower snowfall accumulations recorded in the city, Clements said.
The entire city was blanketed with 4 to 6 inches of snow. Several places on the West Side recorded 7 inches, she said.
The area around Academy and Tramway had a whopping 8 inches of snowfall by Thanksgiving afternoon. That was the highest recording in city limits.
The last time Albuquerque had a white Thanksgiving was in 2010, when there was a paltry-by-comparison 0.3 of an inch of snow.
Clements said other areas in the state also saw lots of snow.
Sandia Park had between 10 and 12 inches of snow, Glorieta had over 9 inches and Santa Fe had between 6 and 8 inches.
Despite the high amount of snowfall throughout the state, roads conditions stayed relatively good throughout the day. By Thursday afternoon, the New Mexico Department of Transportation had upgraded driving conditions from difficult to fair.
An unusually early snowstorm crippled parts of the Northern Plains on Friday, bringing heavy gusts of wet snow and plummeting temperatures across the central United States, according to the National Weather Service.
Forecasters were calling the expected October snowfall across parts of North Dakota “historic,” and predicted that the storm could deliver as much as three feet of snow to parts of north central North Dakota, where blizzard warnings were in effect.
By Friday evening, Langdon, N.D., a city about 120 miles northwest of Grand Forks, had seen an accumulation of 27 inches, Greg Gust, a warning coordination meteorologist at the Weather Service in Grand Forks, said. The previous record snow total over more than one day for the city was 22.5 inches, set on April 8, 1997.
The combination of leaves on the trees, heavy, wet snow and winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour in some places prompted concerns about power failures. But by Friday evening only 356 customers in the state were reported without electricity, according to the tracking website PowerOutage.
Blizzard warnings were in effect through early Saturday afternoon for portions of north-central North Dakota. Dozens of schools and businesses in the state were closed on Friday.
As the snow and winds reduced visibility to near zero, and icy roads became treacherous for drivers, the North Dakota Department of Transportation issued a “no travel” advisory Friday for the central and northeastern portions of the state.
Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota said that the state’s emergency operations plan had been activated and that state agencies, as well as the National Guard, were standing by.
“The extraordinary intensity of this early winter storm threatens to test the limits of local response capabilities across a large portion of our state,” Mr. Burgum said in a statement. “We’re committed to a whole-of-government approach to protect human life and property and ensure our citizens have the resources necessary to respond and recover from this crippling event.”
The storm stretched about 300 miles — between Aberdeen, S.D., and Winnipeg, Manitoba, and about 230 miles east of Minot, N.D., into the northwestern part of Minnesota.
Aaron Dye, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Aberdeen, said Eureka, a city in the northern part of South Dakota, had recorded 11.6 inches. Mr. Dye said that total was a preliminary figure and likely to rise. “I’m sure we’ll be searching through the records tomorrow to see if any records were set once this event is over,” he said.
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Areas of Switzerland saw record snowfall for the month of May overnight from Saturday into Sunday. Most snow fell in the central and eastern alpine regions, but the most dramatic records were observed in lower-lying Bern and St Gallen.
The Swiss capital of Bern woke up to four centimetres of fresh snow on Sunday morning. The previous record for the month was one centimetre in 1945.
The eastern city of St Gallen saw 19 centimetres of snow, up from the 12 centimetres recorded on May 7, 1957, according to the Swiss meteorological service MeteoSwissexternal link.
People have been advised not to take walks in wooded areas, especially in deciduous regions, as wet snow caught in trees could cause branches to fall off.
Weather forecasters have warned of further problems likely to be caused by the unseasonal cold snap next early week. MeteoSwiss forecasts sharp groundfrost in the lowlands on Monday and Tuesday.
Vineyards and the strawberry crop may be threatened by these adverse weather conditions. Two years’ ago, the Swiss fruit farming industry suffered heavy losses as a result of late frosts. Vineyards were badly hit, as were cherry, apricot and apple harvests.
However, the damage is predicted to be less severe this time around as the frost will come a few weeks later, after many trees have already blossomed.
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