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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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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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Snowfall and heavy rain expected across Western Cape, South Africa #Snowfall #Rain #WesternCape #SouthAfrica

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Snow is set to fall overnight on Monday in Cape Town as a cold front hits the Western Cape. Officials have warned residents to stay indoors.

Cape Town residents are in for some freezing temperatures and snowfall this week.

Temperatures are expected to drop to the mid-teens during the day, with below zero temperatures in the evening from Tuesday until Thursday.

The South African Weather Service says there will be very cold weather and disruptive snowfall over the high-lying areas of the Cape Winelands, Central Karoo, and Garden Route Districts overnight on Monday.

Heavy rainfall is also expected to lead to localised flooding across the province.

According to Snow Report SA’s Richard Le Sueur, the low-level snowfall will mainly affect motorists driving along mountain passes across the Cape.

Le Sueur says there’s already been a significant amount of snowfall in the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, and Lesotho over the past few days.

More snow watchers are expected to brave the cold as provincial boundaries reopen under level 2 on Tuesday.

At the same time, the Western Cape Disaster Management Centres and emergency responders are on standby for the severe weather forecasted for this coming week.

Local Government and Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell is urging the public to stay indoors and off the roads over this period.

“We want to make the public aware of the latest weather warnings and in particular, highlight the risks of being outdoors during these weather conditions”, the MEC says in a statement.

Members of the public are urged to contact the relevant disaster management entities as quickly as possible should an emergency occur.

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