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Blizzard to unload immobilizing snow from DC to Philadelphia, NYC

January 22, 2016

Alex Sosnowski

 

 

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"A blizzard will threaten to bring travel to a standstill from Washington, D.C., to New York City as well as across the southern Appalachians by the weekend. Snow and wind will brush southern New England.

Winds and the rate of snowfall will increase as the storm strengthens. Thunder and lightning could accompany the heavy snow in some locations. An all-out blizzard will unfold from northern Virginia to southwestern Connecticut. Whiteout conditions will occur farther west from south-central Pennsylvania to part of western North Carolina.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency at 8 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, to help channel state assistance to local communities fighting the storm. Other states were following suit in advance of the storm.

The storm is likely to shut down some highways and could cause some airports to close. Ahead of the storm, Delta Air Lines announced travel waivers for flights through Jan. 24 at 19 different airports in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region."

 

Snowstorm likely to shut down travel in close to a dozen states

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http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/snow-storm-travel-disruptions-aim-for-nyc-dc-boston-philadelphia-friday-saturday/54870622

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Blizzard to unload immobilizing snow from DC to Philadelphia, NYC

January 22, 2016

Alex Sosnowski

 

 

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"A blizzard will threaten to bring travel to a standstill from Washington, D.C., to New York City as well as across the southern Appalachians by the weekend. Snow and wind will brush southern New England.

Winds and the rate of snowfall will increase as the storm strengthens. Thunder and lightning could accompany the heavy snow in some locations. An all-out blizzard will unfold from northern Virginia to southwestern Connecticut. Whiteout conditions will occur farther west from south-central Pennsylvania to part of western North Carolina.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency at 8 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, to help channel state assistance to local communities fighting the storm. Other states were following suit in advance of the storm.

The storm is likely to shut down some highways and could cause some airports to close. Ahead of the storm, Delta Air Lines announced travel waivers for flights through Jan. 24 at 19 different airports in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region."

 

Snowstorm likely to shut down travel in close to a dozen states

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http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/snow-storm-travel-disruptions-aim-for-nyc-dc-boston-philadelphia-friday-saturday/54870622

My sister lives just outside of NYC; they recieved 33" of snow and drifts over 8 feet. They at one time recorded winds over 60 mph and white out conditions for over 6 hours. Truth be told as Jessica wrote about; Mother Earth is wobbling and forecasters now will never get any forecast right. Mother Nature is in control and the most sophisticated computers won't have a chance. Example my sister just on Saturday morning before the storm they forecast said only 3-6 inches and they ended up receiving nearly 36".

Myself I have always been deeply in tuned with nature and especially weather. I told her she would recieve over 2 feet. Even I was way off. Normally I'm not.

Hats off to you Jessica! You did explain to us that the northern US would recieve major cold snaps, blizzards and crazy weather. This is what is happening.

Namaste

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Can anyone find Mammoth? Hint: It's buried beneath 2 monster blizzards

March 8, 2016

Chris Erskine

 

 

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Four feet of snow piled up at Mammoth over the weekend, with even more arriving Monday and Tuesday.

 (Peter Morning)

 

 

" In Mammoth, when it snows, it pours.

 

Avalanche cannons were blasting Monday, as Mammoth Mountain dug out from another 4 feet of weekend snow. In the midst of that, more snow arrived Monday with white-out conditions continuing. As much as 4 additional feet were predicted by the time the storm passes Tuesday morning, giving a total since Saturday of up to 8 feet of new snow.

R.I.P, Mammoth Lakes. It was nice knowing you.

Assuming the beautiful ski area ever comes up for air, it faces one of the best spring break seasons in history. The weekend’s snows were fat and heavy and unlikely to go away soon. During February’s lull, residents had started biking around town and enjoying the sun.

But the recent blasts raised the season’s total snowfall to 308 inches; the base at Main Lodge is 110 inches. The resort reports a base of 165 inches at the top of the hill.

Locals expect skiing to continue until July 4."

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http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-monster-snows-pound-mammoth-again-20160307-story.html

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I will refrain from making any conspiracy-like comments. ; -)

Denver airport closes indefinitely as blizzard slams region

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Colorado's busy Denver International Airport said Wednesday afternoon that it "has made the decision to close the airport until further notice" as blizzard conditions raged outside the airport.

"Weather and visibility are such that it is not safe for aircraft to arrive or depart at this time," Denver International Airport said via Twitter at 2:17 p.m. ET. And update sent out by the airport at 5 p.m. ET said the airport remained closed, and gave no hint of when it may reopen.

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Adding to Denver's problems, sporadic power outages had been reported from heavy snow and winds bringing down power lines, according to the The Denver Post. One of the parts of the airport apparently affected by the outage? The airport's fuel facility.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2016/03/23/wintry-weather-cancels-hundreds-denver-flights/82157328/

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April snow targets northeastern US this weekend as temperatures plummet

April 2, 2016

Renee Duff

 

 

"Spring snow and strong winds are accompanying a fresh shot of arctic air into parts of the Great Lakes and Northeast for the first weekend of April.

 

An Alberta Clipper system diving down from Canada will deliver a round of snow and sharply colder conditions to the northeastern United States.
 
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Periods of snow and heavier snow squalls across the Great Lakes will reach the interior Northeast in the afternoon and evening and New England overnight.
The same system delivering the snow will also kick up potentially damaging winds from the Midwest to the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, even where snow is not expected.
"The ground is rather warm so the snow will melt on roads Saturday afternoon across the Great Lakes, New York and Pennsylvania," AccuWeather Meteorologist Michael Doll explained.
In the spring, daytime snow must fall at a heavy rate in order to accumulate on roadways due to the high sun angle. There will still accumulations on grassy and non-paved surfaces. This includes in Detroit, mainly the northern suburbs, and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Once the sun goes down, wet roads could quickly become icy as temperatures plummet on Saturday night."
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Powerful April snowstorm to bury Colorado Rockies, High Plains this weekend

April 16, 2016

Brett Rathbun

 

"A slow-moving, strengthening storm will cause snowfall to ramp up over a large part of the Rockies and to spread over part of the High Plains this weekend.

 

People in the region, including the Denver area, should be prepared for travel disruptions, power outages and property damage.

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This map shows expected storm total snowfall on non-paved surfaces. Snowfall will be significantly less on roads.

 

The heaviest snow will fall across the Colorado Rockies with up to a few feet of accumulation.
As of midday Saturday, 1-2 feet of snow has fallen over the high country of Colorado with progressively less snowfall at lower elevations along the Front Range and foothills.
 
While the heaviest snow will fall across Colorado, enough snow could fall to lead to travel delays across portions of Wyoming, western Nebraska, northern New Mexico and southwestern South Dakota."
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Eight killed as 'golf ball' hailstones, storms lash Myanmar

 

Violent storms which saw hailstones the size of golf balls rain down across Myanmar have killed at least eight people in recent days, toppled pagodas and damaged thousands of buildings, officials said on Sunday (April 24).

 

The freak storms struck across five states on Friday and Saturday after weeks of heatwave temperatures regularly topping 40deg C.

 

"From what we know now there are eight people killed and 7,500 houses destroyed during these days," Phyu Lei Lei Tun, director of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, told AFP, adding that the toll may increase as more information becomes available.

 

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/eight-killed-as-golf-ball-hailstones-storms-lash-myanmar

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Northern Snow, Cold Rain South

 

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"Though clouds will fill the sky at times in Southern and Western New England, dry weather persists for much of the day and this means a continued very high fire danger for some of New England, particularly in Maine where a Red Flag Warning has been issued for conditions favoring explosive brush fire development.

 

Incredibly, some of the very same areas in highest brush fire threat zones today are in our forecast area for accumulating snow tomorrow! The setup features a sharp frontal boundary - the divider between cold Canadian air pressing south and warm air in most of the Eastern United States.
 
As a storm center approaches, the cold air wins out, and this brings a progression of deteriorating conditions: sprinkles Monday evening for some, thickening clouds with late rain showers Monday night, then cold rain in Southern New England Monday with wet snow in Northern New England."
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IT'S THUNDERSNOW! Wintery storms see snow fall across the UK – and the weather is going to stay freezing

Nov. 18, 2016    Guy Birchall

" BRITS in the north and the south woke up to a dusting of the white stuff this morning with snow as far apart as Manchester and Devon.

Mancunians awoke to an outbreak of “thundersnow” while those in Devon took to social media to celebrate the first flurry of the winter.

Loch Droma in Scotland looked like a winter wonderland this morning as frosty snow carpeted the Scottish countryside

Loch Droma in Scotland looked like a winter wonderland this morning as frosty snow carpeted the Scottish countryside

Lots of lovely wintery pictures at the link

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The RAC warned motorists to be prepared for the weather.

Spokesman Simon Peevers said: "With the weather set to become increasingly wintry over the weekend, we're urging motorists to make sure they aren't left out in the cold when it comes to dealing with adverse conditions.

"Planning ahead is key, especially if you're going on a long journey, so making sure things like your car's antifreeze/coolant levels and tyre pressures are correct is essential, as well as topping up windscreen washers.

"In addition to vehicle health, it's important that motorists ensure they and their passengers are prepared with supplies of warm clothing, blankets, and some food and water if the worst happens and the vehicle breaks down at the roadside."

In the Midlands the driver of a gritting lorry had to be taken to hospital after it slid off the road.

He was meant to be spreading tons of grit to stop vehicles sliding on ice but came to grief himself."

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2211122/wintery-storms-see-snow-fall-across-the-uk-and-the-weather-is-going-to-stay-freezing/

 

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Tokyo area gets first November dusting of snow in 54 years

Nov. 24, 2016

 

"Snow fell in Tokyo and other parts of eastern Japan on Thursday, with the capital recording its first November snowfall since 1875 when the government started collecting records.

The snowfall, while only listed in Tokyo as a “small accumulation” disrupted traffic and spiked electricity demand. Injuries were also reported in Tokyo and surrounding prefectures, including people who slipped on snowy roads and suffered fractured bones, according to firefighters and other authorities.

East Japan Railway Co. said services on parts of the Ome and Chuo lines were suspended as snow-laden tree branches sagged over the tracks. Trains on other lines, such as Seibu and Keio, as well as subway systems in Tokyo also experienced delays, operators said.

 

On Thursday morning, electricity consumption spiked to 95 percent of capacity due to rising demand for heating, according to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.

Temperatures in the capital and neighboring areas fell to near zero Thursday morning, a level rarely seen in late November.

Snowfall began at 6:15 a.m. in central Tokyo, 40 days earlier than average. Other cities such as Yokohama and Utsunomiya also saw the season’s first snowfall around 20 to 40 days earlier than average.

Temperatures dropped to a record low in many locations. In the town of Nakashibetsu, Hokkaido, the mercury hit minus 17.4 degrees Celsius while Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward recorded 0.8 C."

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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/11/24/national/meteorological-agency-warns-overnight-snowfall-cause-transportation-delays/#.WDcbUbIrL3h

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Hawaii expected to get 3 feet of snow. You read that right.

Dec. 3, 2016       Elizabeth Weise

 

"Hawaii's highest peak could get up to another foot of snow Sunday, on top of the 2 feet that have fallen since Thursday, the National Weather Service says.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea through Saturday evening.

“Then we’re expecting another round on Sunday and Sunday night,” said Matthew Foster, a staff meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

The initial storm started on Thursday and was slowing down Saturday, “though some freezing drizzle is still possible,” Foster said.

The next storm is currently about 400 miles west of the island of Kauai and should arrive over the islands sometime on Sunday, Foster said.

“This one won’t be quite as strong when it moves over the Big Island, so we’re putting it as possibly 12 more inches of snow,” he said.

The rest of the island, and all of Hawaii, remains warm if somewhat wet, with heavy rains in some areas that have caused flash flooding.

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/12/03/hawaii-could-get-another-foot-snow-sunday/94890212/

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Wall of Snow in N.Dakota     Dec. 7, 2016

(Photo courtesy Lauren Ashley Otradovec, Glenburn, ND)

 

"Imagine opening up your door to this!  A North Dakota woman had a big surprise on Tuesday during a wind-driven snow storm.  Lauren Ashley Otradovec lives in Glenburn.  There is about a foot of snow on the ground after a new storm dumped a few inches but the big issue is the wind.

Otradovec could barely get out of her house because the 30-40 mph winds moved the snow in front of her door. Wind chills of 30 below were expected across the region on Wednesday morning with a winter weather advisory for blowing snow and the potential for more snow, but little accumulation."

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http://www.fox5ny.com/news/222162787-story

 

Blizzard Shuts Down Nearly 300 Miles of Major Interstate in North Dakota; Brutal Cold to Follow

https://weather.com/news/news/north-south-dakota-minnesota-blizzard-impacts

 

Get ready for the chill! Forecasters predict temperatures could fall 35 degrees BELOW average as a polar plunge sweeps across the country

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4006994/Polar-plunge-sweeping-country.html

Wind Chill Map

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Slick and stranded: Oregon drivers fetch cars stuck in snow

Dec. 15, 2016    Gillian Flaccus

"PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Erick Daza braved a snow-covered suburban street Thursday to pick up his girlfriend's car, one of many that got stuck in a winter storm that brought Oregon's largest city to a halt.
The Portland area does not use rock salt for environmental reasons and because snow is so rare. Some residents want transportation officials to be more aggressive about keeping roads clear of snow and ice, while the mayor defended the city's preparations.

The winter storm caught thousands off guard as they left work early on Wednesday to try to get home ahead of 1 to 3 inches of snow that brought traffic to a standstill for several hours.
Cars fish-tailed, spun out and crashed. Semi-trucks littered Interstate 5, some of them unable to move out of lanes before getting stuck. Some drivers abandoned their vehicles and started walking, with many still littering streets the next day.
Daza's girlfriend's car was among them.

"She was trying to go up the hill and she got stuck ... and some nice person gave her a ride home. She was just trying to get home and didn't make it," Daza said as he and a friend retrieved the vehicle. "We have snow chains, but she didn't have them. We just didn't expect this."

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http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Thousands-stranded-as-winter-storm-snarls-traffic-10797714.php

Slick and stranded: Oregon drivers fetch cars stuck in snow

 

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'That's pretty rare': Helena gets two record-breaking days of snowfall this week

Dec. 16, 2016  Marga Lincoln

 

"Helena snowstorm round 2; Send us your photos!
After getting hammered by up to 12 inches of snow Monday and Tuesday, another snowstorm rolled into the Helena area Thursday. Send your photos of the winter weather to editor@helenair.com and we'll share them here!

Helena experienced two record-breaking days of snowfall this week. 

As of Thursday Evening, Helena Regional Airport had reported 6 inches of snow since midnight, breaking that day's record of 5.6 inches set in 1979, said Jim Brusda, lead meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Great Falls.

On Monday, Dec. 12, Helena had a record snowfall of 5.8 inches, breaking a 1985 record of 5.7 inches, he said.

"That's pretty rare," to have two new records from two separate weather events in the same week, Brusda said.

As of Thursday, Helena recorded 15.8 inches of snow for December.

Cold weather was just moving into Great Falls Thursday afternoon. "

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http://helenair.com/that-s-pretty-rare-helena-gets-two-record-breaking-days/article_e9f7df04-4b0a-541f-a183-b2cbe7a76da1.html

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Stunning photos capture rare snow in the Sahara Desert

Dec. 21, 2016      Mark Molloy

Snow in the sahara desert photos 

Snow in the Sahara Desert captured in a set of amazing photos  CREDIT: KARIM BOUCHETATA/GEOFF ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHY 

"Incredible photos capture freak snowfall in the Sahara Desert, believed to be first time it has fallen on the unforgiving red dunes in almost 40 years. 

The largest hot desert on the planet, spanning 3,600,000 sq. mi. and many North Africa countries, is not the first place many would associate with a snow during the festive period, with the rare occurrence leaving the man who captured the event stunned

Amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata says he took the incredible pictures of snow covering the sand in the small Saharan desert town of Ain Sefra, Algeria, on December 19.

“Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert; it is such a rare occurrence,” Mr Bouchetata explained.

“It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos. The snow stayed for about a day and has now melted away.”

Snow in the Sahara desert photos 

Snow in the Sahara desert near the town of Ain Sefra, Algeria CREDIT: KARIM BOUCHETATA/GEOFF ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/20/stunning-photos-capture-rare-snow-sahara-desert/

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Cold to be Followed by Southern Snowstorm

Jan. 2, 2016   Roy W. Spencer Ph.d.

"The coast-to-coast cold that will be spreading across the U.S this week will be be accompanied by the development of a Gulf Coast low pressure center that will threaten the South and Southeast with substantial snowfall by the weekend.

The low is just now approaching N. California and will intensify as it travels across the Inter-mountain region, the Texas panhandle, then travel eastward along the Gulf coast by the weekend.

The latest GFS model forecast total snowfall by midday Sunday shows the possibility of 6-12 inch snowfalls across portions of about ten southern states, including Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia (graphic courtesy of Weatherbell.com):

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It’s still too early to tell what areas will get the greatest snowfall, which in the current forecast approaches two feet in the higher elevations of North Carolina. It’s also possible that a wintry mix including freezing rain will exist along the southern edge of the frozen precipitation region."

http://www.drroyspencer.com/2017/01/cold-to-be-followed-by-southern-snowstorm/#comment-232496

US Current Temperatures Map

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we have had a lot of snow today which is very rare. very rare here on the coast, sea level ...bet ya reddwolf is out sledding and making snow angels. lil mouse and i took some photos...wont look like much to snowbirds , but to me its a friggin blizzard.

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Record snowfall in Boise keeps Treasure Valley schools closed, side roads daunting

Jan. 5, 2017       Darin Oswald

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"As  of Thursday morning, the National Weather Service measured a record 15 inches on the ground at the NWS office at the Boise Airport, up from 7 inches before the latest wave of snowstorms rolled in.

The previous snow depth record was 13 inches (Dec. 30, 1983 and Dec. 2, 1985). And yes, that’s the record for total snowfall sitting on the ground, any day of the year.

In case you’re wondering how long Boise’s ground has been snow-covered this year, NWS meteorologist Jeanne Allen said there’s been steady “measurable snow depth” since Dec. 15.

Another record: The 6.5 inches of new snow on Wednesday is the most ever recorded on Jan. 4, surpassing the previous high of 3.2 inches, set in 1951. And it ranks 15th among the heaviest one-day snowfalls recorded in this area since 1892, the National Weather Service reports.

Don’t expect that daunting snowcover to melt until Sunday, and it’s possible the snow total will go up a little on Saturday, when a new weather system moves in.

Once the snow stops falling, it’s going to get cold. Very cold.

The temperature in Boise could reach -4 degrees on Friday and the outlying areas could get as cold as -10 degrees, according to Korri Anderson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boise. The valleys could range from -10 to -20 degrees. The predicted low in Fairfield on Friday is -28."

http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/article124608669.html

 

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Snow, freeze-up to immobilize southern US before eyeing coastal Northeast

Jan. 7, 2017  Alex Sosnowski

 

"A winter storm will unload snow ahead of a freeze-up that will threaten to immobilize part of the southern United States this weekend before advancing toward the Northeast.
Through Saturday, the storm will travel northeastward and ride the edge of arctic air that recently invaded much of the nation, including the interior South.
Major disruptions to travel and daily activities are anticipated with this storm due to heavy snow accumulation expected in some areas. Icy roads and sidewalks in other areas will also lead to major slowdowns this weekend and perhaps into early next week.

Static South Storm setup

Runway snow removal and deicing activities will likely put airlines behind schedule.
Airline passengers should expect lengthy flight delays and a number of cancellations, including in the major southern hubs of Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina. Displaced aircraft and crews could cause ripple-effect delays and flight changes elsewhere in the nation. On Friday, some airlines began to cancel flights in advance of the storm.
North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama have declared a state of emergency due to the winter weather.
The storm began with spotty rain, ice and snow over the lower Mississippi Valley and Deep South during the day Friday.

Snowman 4pm 1-6

"While the snowfall will be the most eye-popping aspect of the storm, motorists and pedestrians should also take note of the icy conditions that may form beneath the snow," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Bill Deger. "In some cases, rain that marks the start of the storm will freeze before or soon after the snow begins."

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http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/snow-freeze-up-threaten-to-immobilize-southern-us-this-weekend/70000470

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west coast here to receive atmospheric river for next few days . snow on our lower hills to melt and add to runoff, possible floods this week. massive amount of snow to collect in the sierras this week. fema cert (community emergency response team) was alerted by dept emergency services in del norte county to volunteer to assist this weekend with traffic control, sandbagging, assist public works etc...

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oops, this should be on the rainfall thread with breezy's recent post about this situation..

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Freak heavy snowfall in SAHARA desert turns massive sand dunes into sledging paradise

Jan. 20, 2017                      Martin Bagot

"Photographers have taken incredible pictures this morning of ONE METRE deep snow covering the sand in the small Saharan desert town of Ain Sefra"

"These bizarre scenes from the Sahara Desert show locals sledging down sand dunes after the heaviest snowfall in living memory.

Photographers have taken incredible pictures this morning of ONE METRE deep snow covering the sand in the small Saharan desert town of Ain Sefra.

The town saw a sprinkling of snow just before Christmas, when a few flakes settled on the red sand dunes of the world’s hottest desert for the first time in 37 years.

But today the snow has been falling steadily and is now waist deep in some parts of Ain Sefra, which is known as “The Gateway to the Desert.”

The snow has caused chaos in the town, with passengers stranded on buses after the roads became slippery and icy."

People sledging in the Sahara Desert

People sledging in the Sahara Desert (Photo: Zineddine Hashas/Geoff Robinson Photography)

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The freak weather has totally changed the look of the place

Children are making the most of the rare snow storm and are building SNOWMEN in the desert town and SLEDGING down the sand dunes.

Photographer Sekkouri Kamel, 38, said: “It started snowing at around 1.30am this morning and is now one metre deep in some places. It’s absolutely incredible to have so much snow.”

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/miracle-heavy-snowfall-sahara-desert-9659252

UK - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-city-city-guide-9609717

Spain - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/costa-blanketed-snow-hits-benidorm-9645750

Italy - http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/01/20/italian-media-6-survivors-found-hotel-buried-snow/96823224/

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Not exactly a storm, but 
Snow falls in Kuwait for 'first time ever'

Jan. 28, 2017

"Temperatures have fallen in Kuwait and a small amount of snow has fallen in the country

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A car user in Kuwait shares a photo of his vehicle covered with snow (MEE)

 

"Snow fell on Kuwait on Thursday morning for the first time in the country's history, pictures sent to Middle East Eye show.

Footage sent to MEE showed snow flakes falling in the Gulf state, where temperatures have plummeted in recent days.

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Temperatures in Kuwait soar up to 50C in the summer months and even in winter 20C is the norm. However, on Thursday the temperature was as low as 3C.

There is no record of snow having fallen in Kuwait before, although the emirate has experienced hail and frost in the past when temperatures have fallen in the winter.

A Kuwaiti told MEE that Thursday's snow was a first for the country.

"I asked my grandfather, he said there has never been snow before," they said, preferring to remain anonymous. "Everyone is surprised."

While snow is unheard of in Kuwait, in neighbouring Saudi Arabia the north of the country regularly sees snowfall.

In the city of Rafha on Thursday temperatures fell to -2C. Photos and footage sent to MEE showed the ground covered in snow."

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www.middleeasteye.net/news/snow-falls-kuwait-first-time-ever-1565913282

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