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'Apocalyptic' SNOWSTORM blasts Middle East as freak weather terrifies Arab countries

Oli Smith    Feb. 4, 2017

"THE Middle East has experienced a bizarre mix of snow blizzards, lightning strikes and deadly fires in just the last 24 hours - with more devastation expected to come.

The UAE was one of a number of Middle Eastern countries to bare the brunt of a freak weather phenomenon yesterday.

A shock snowstorm blasted through the Arab country, usually known for its blistering heat, scorched deserts and year-round sunshine. 

The blizzard covered parts of the country with up to 10 centimetres of snow, according to the local Met Office.

Other Gulf States also experienced rare lightning strikes, sandstorms, rough seas and high winds of up to 90km an hour."

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  Bizarre snow covered deserts

Bizarre snow covered deserts in the UAE

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/763080/SNOWSTORM-Middle-East-freak-weather-Arab

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Heavy snowfall closes schools, complicates commute, knocks out power to thousands

Feb. 5, 2017           By Ángel González , Vernal Coleman  and Jessica Lee

"Public-utility crews were swamped with power outages across the Puget Sound region, dozens of school districts canceled classes and transportation services ran behind schedule due to inclement weather.

A heavy blanket of snow fell on the Puget Sound region Sunday night, prompting dozens of school closures and leaving thousands of homes without power.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said Monday morning that 1 to 4 inches of snow fell across the Seattle metro area overnight. Elsewhere in the Puget Sound region, Everett and Olympia saw 3 to 4 inches of snowfall. Residents of Puyallup reported accumulations of up to 14 inches, the service said.

The snow tapered off somewhat in the morning, but some areas saw showers into Monday afternoon, NWS meteorologist Gary Schneider said.

Public-utility crews scrambled with various power outages throughout the day, at one point including nearly 90,000 customers, according to Puget Sound Energy. The outages were concentrated outside of Seattle in East King County and Kitsap County, where heavy snowfall damaged power lines, according to the utility.

As of 4 p.m., about 70,000 customers remain without power, the utility reported."

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http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/weather/weather-service-predicts-3-to-6-inches-of-snow-in-seattle-area/

 

Photos of Puget Sound Snowstorm: Adults, Kids, Pets Play In Snow

Neil McNamara      Feb. 6, 2017

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A view north toward Seward Park in Seattle

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http://patch.com/washington/seattle/photos-puget-sound-snowstorm-adults-kids-pets-play-snow

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Maine to get a foot of snow this weekend

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Description:
"WSI's National Image displaying the probabilistic forecast of Light, Moderate or Heavy Snowfall Totals for the next 48 Hours in color contours. Forecast Valid period denoted in the graphical banner as 'Period Ending' along with appropriate Date/ Timestamp. Forecast updated once daily. Snow is a type of precipitation in the form of crystalline water ice, consisting of a multitude of snowflakes that fall from clouds. Since snow is composed of small ice particles, it is a granular material. It has an open and therefore soft structure, unless packed by external pressure. The METAR code for snow is SN."

http://www.intellicast.com/Travel/Weather/Snow/Forecast.aspx?location=USME0017

 

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'Phenomenal’ California Snowpack Nears Record Levels

March 1, 2017            

 

"PHILLIPS STATION, El Dorado County (AP) — The Sierra Nevada snowpack is close to setting records notched more than three decades ago — a welcome sight after five years of punishing drought in California, surveyors said Wednesday.

A series of storms that doused the state in the first two months of the year brought the water content of the snowpack up to a “pretty phenomenal” 185 percent of normal, well above the 84 percent of normal a year ago, said Frank Gehrke, the state’s chief snow surveyor.

Winter snowfall on the 400-mile mountain range provides roughly one-third of the water used in the nation’s most populous state as the snow melts over the spring and summer and fills reservoirs supplying farmers and city dwellers.

Gehrke said the snowpack is nearing levels last seen in 1983. He noted that levels reached by April 1 are a key marker because that’s the typical end to the wet season.

“We’ve busted through April 1 values pretty much at all snow courses throughout the state,” Gehrke said."

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http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/03/01/phenomenal-california-snowpack-nears-record-depths/?e=kuWmm5beNAOncw

Let's hope it stays frozen, until their dams can handle the melt!

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Winter’s revenge: Eastern, midwestern US snowstorm threat to increase in mid-March

March 7, 2017      By Kristina Pydynowski

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"Snow late this week could be the first of several disruptive snowstorms to parade through the midwestern and eastern United States in mid-March.
After the dramatic upswing in temperatures for the first half of this week, a flip in the weather pattern will return the threat of snow starting late this week.
Some communities could go from experiencing highs in the 50s and lower 60s F at the peak of the warmth the next few days to utilizing snow shovels and revving up snowplows.
“The Northeast has had everything from frigid cold this weekend and warm spells early this week but has largely avoided snow recently,” AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said.
“But late this week, a storm will sneak in from the west, and it could bring snow,” Abrams said."

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http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/winters-revenge-northeastern-midwestern-us-snowstorm-threat-to-increase-for-mid-march/70001036

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Blizzard Watch in NYC and Southern NY State

 March 11, 2017

Active for next 3 days · National Weather Service

Potential for a Major Winter Storm Monday night into Wednesday...

BLIZZARD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Blizzard Watch, which is in effect from late Monday night through Tuesday evening.

Locations: New York City, Long Island, Southern Westchester, Southern Fairfield, Southern New Haven, Middlesex, and New London counties.
Hazard types: Snow, and strong and gusty winds.
Snow accumulations: 12 to 18 inches.
Timing: Late Monday night through Tuesday evening.
Impacts: Hazardous travel and potential for power outages due to moderate to heavy snow and gusty winds.
Winds: Northeast 20 to 30 mph with gusts 40 to 50 mph.
Temperatures: In the upper 20s.
Visibilities: One quarter mile or less at times.
Recommended actions
A Blizzard Watch means there is a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities. This can lead to whiteout conditions and make travel very dangerous.
The original text for this alert has been automatically reformatted to correct capitalization

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http://www.google.org/publicalerts/alert?aid=4ca8cb4f1d7f0dda&hl=en&gl=US&source=wweather

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Nor'easter to shut down travel, unleash blizzard conditions in at least 7 states

March 13, 2017    Alex Sosnowski

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" A major nor'easter threatens to shut down travel due to heavy snow and strong winds from Washington, D.C., to New York City and Boston early this week. Blizzard conditions will develop in part of the northeastern United States.
A storm will first continue to bring snow and travel problems in the Midwest through Monday.
A new storm will strengthen rapidly and hug the east coast of the U.S. early this week.

Static Snow Start Time 11 am

Snow will then rapidly spread northward spanning Monday night to Tuesday night.
For many areas in the Northeast, this will likely be the biggest and most impactful storm of the winter.
Heavy snow over such a broad, heavily populated area could bring travel to a standstill. Snow and snow drifts will clog streets and highways. Heavy snow and wind will cause airline delays and flight cancellations. Some flights have already been canceled ahead of the storm."

Noreaster March 11

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http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/noreaster-to-unleash-heavy-snow-from-dc-to-boston-as-winter-strikes-back/70001093

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Cheyenne WY
151 PM MDT Thu May 18 2017

...POWERFUL STORM SYSTEM TO BRING HEAVY WET SNOW THROUGH MIDDAY
FRIDAY...

WYZ103-112-114-116-117-190600-
/O.CON.KCYS.WS.W.0013.000000T0000Z-170519T2100Z/
North Laramie Range-Sierra Madre Range-Snowy Range-
South Laramie Range-South Laramie Range Foothills-
Including the cities of Garrett, Centennial, Albany, Buford,
Pumpkin Vine, Vedauwoo, Whitaker, Federal, and Horse Creek
151 PM MDT Thu May 18 2017

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM MDT FRIDAY...

* TIMING...Through 3 PM Friday.

* TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...1 to 3 feet.

* SNOW TOTALS AS OF NOON...6 to 12 inches. Greatest amounts were
  observed at the highest elevations.

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http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=usa&wwa=Winter Storm Warning

Almost June!   snow  1-3 feet!

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Fall storm brings up to 18 inches of snow to Colorado peaks

Oct. 2, 2017

"DENVER (AP) — The National Weather Service says an early autumn storm is dropping heavy snow in the northern Colorado mountains.

The resort town of Steamboat Springs reported 18 inches (46 centimeters) Monday. Red Cliff, south of Vail, reported 14 inches (36 centimeters).

Winter Park reported nearly 10 inches (25 centimeters).

The storm prompted highway officials to close U.S. 6 over Vail Pass, the east-west route normally taken by trucks carrying hazardous materials to avoid the Eisenhower Tunnel in the mountains on Interstate 70."
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http://www.coloradoan.com/story/weather/2017/10/02/fall-storm-brings-up-18-inches-snow-colorado-peaks/723996001/

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Schools shut as Britain braces for great Arctic FREEZE

Dec. 13, 2017          Anders Angelsey

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"Temperatures stayed below freezing overnight with the mercury falling to -2C near the England-Wales border.

The brutal cold snap has forced primary and secondary schools in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire to close their doors again today.

Scores of schools cancelled lessons on Monday and Tuesday as the winter blizzards set in and blanketed the UK in as much as 13 inches of snow.

The Met Office issued its third consecutive yellow weather warning for ice covering most of the country.

Forecaster Craig Snell said: “It’s still a cold start in places, especially in the Midlands and Wales."

 Dozens of schools will stay shut today

Snow bomb  dozens of schools remained shut today.   Image: Getty

Storm Caroline: Snow chaos as UK faces EIGHT INCHES of snow and 80mph gales   << Whoa!

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https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/666672/uk-weather-schools-herefordshire-worcestershire-shropshire-snow-cold

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Alaska Just Reported One Of The Most Extreme Snowfall Rates On Record At 10 Inches Per Hour

A storm swept through parts of Southcentral Alaska triggering an avalanche that shut down access in and out of the town of Valdez and broke the current Alaska snowfall record. Alaska’s Thompson Pass, a 2,678-foot pass where the Richardson Highway crosses over the Chugach Alaska mountain range just outside of the town of Valdez, was surprised with an incredible 10 inches of snow that piled up in a single hour.

Considering that’s about 1.7 inches every 10 minutes, this staggering snowfall rate has shocked residents as well as meteorologists. National Weather Service meteorologists reported 76 inches of snow over 5 days.

https://www.providr.com/alaska-snowfall-record/?utm_source=liftable&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=providr

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With nearly 83 inches, this place is NY’s snowiest

Natalie Vaughn              Dec. 16, 2017

"ALBANY — Winter has yet to officially start, but snow is already piling up in some parts of upstate New York.

According to the National Weather Service, the areas with the most snow are in Oswego and Lewis counties — which get clobbered each year with snow drifting across the eastern edge of Lake Ontario.

And it's the usual places: the tiny town of Redfield in Oswego County is leading the state with 82.6 inches of snow as of Friday.

So at this rate, Redfield is on pace for its second straight national recognition: Last year it won the USA Today Network's first annual Golden Snowdrift Award after getting 350.5 inches of snow -- which equals more than 29 feet.

“There are certain areas of New York that get more snow than others," said meteorologist Christina Speciale of the National Weather Service. "Those spots usually are by Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, and that’s due to lake effect snow.”   

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http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/politics/albany/2017/12/15/nearly-83-inches-place-nys-snowiest/108634560/

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Erie, Pennsylvania pummeled by record 5 feet of snow

Snow piled up in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday after two days of record-breaking snowfall that had already surpassed 5 feet (1.5 meters), breaking city and state records, according to the National Weather Service.

Though residents are used to winter snow squalls blowing in from adjacent Lake Erie, which straddles the border with Canada, the Christmas storm is already one for the ages.

"This is an incredible amount of snow that we're trying to move," the Erie Police Department said in statement after the city declared a "snow emergency" on Tuesday, imploring people to stay off the streets.

By Tuesday evening, meteorologists had counted at least seven different city and state records broken by the storm.

 

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/erie-pennsylvania-pummeled-record-5-feet-snow-164237215.html

 

ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA, SNOW PHOTOS: THIS IS WHAT A RECORD 63 INCHES OF SNOW IN FOUR DAYS LOOKS LIKE

 

A record-breaking 53 inches of snow fell in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 48 hours, and the four-day total reached an unprecedented 62.9 inches Tuesday night, smashing state snowfall records, according to the National Weather Service. 

The storm is expected to continue Wednesday and into Thursday. On Tuesday night, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf deployed 21 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard with high-clearance all-terrain vehicles to assist those buried by the storm. 

 

http://www.newsweek.com/eerie-pennsylvania-snow-photos-record-62-inches-four-days-760095

 

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Another Arctic blast poised to usher in 2018

Dec. 29, 2017   Faith Eherts

"Brutally cold weather will soon be refreshed as another blast of Arctic air prepares to dive through the central and eastern United States.

The new frigid blast will reach the northern Plains on Saturday, then sweep southeastward over the balance of the New Year's Day weekend.

Temperatures in Minneapolis are forecast to fail to exceed zero F on Saturday and Sunday.

“Bitterly cold arctic air will settle in across a large swath of the U.S. as we turn the calendar from 2017 to 2018,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski."

Static another Arctic blast

“People will really need to bundle up if they are heading out Sunday night for New Year's Eve celebrations in places like Chicago, for example, where the high will be around 15 F on Sunday, around 15 degrees below normal,” he warned.

Cities as far south as Nashville and Little Rock, Arkansas, will experience temperatures more than 20 degrees Fahrenheit below average by the end of the weekend. Temperatures will be no higher than the 20s at both locations on Sunday and New Year's Day.

RELATED: 
How to avoid freezing if you're ringing in the new year in Times Square 
Snow to create slippery travel in midwestern US into Friday night 
Quick-hitting snowfall to sweep northeastern US prior to New Year's Eve 
Photos: Record-breaking 60-inch snowfall blankets Erie, Pennsylvania

Frigid weather is expected to reach the Big Apple just in time to chill those visiting Times Square, though the record low of minus 4 F from 1918 will not be challenged."

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https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/another-arctic-blast-poised-to-usher-in-2018/70003663

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WINTER STORM "GRAYSON"

A "Bomb Cyclone" Is Set To Detonate Off The East Coast

Jan 3, 2018      Tyler Durden

“This storm developing off the Southeast coast will meet the meteorological criteria of a “bomb” as it rapidly intensifies. The signal for a storm has been evident since last week, but as the track has been fine-tuned, impacts to the I-95 corridor are now expected. Snow, strong winds, and very cold temperatures are expected particularly the further east one heads,” said Ed Vallee, meteorologist at Vallee Weather Consulting LLC.

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Winter Storm Grayson, a very large and powerful winter storm is threatening the East Coast of the United States with heavy snow, intense winds, and record-setting low temperatures. Winter storm watches and warnings have been issued for many coastal regions in north Florida to Maine from Wednesday into late Thursday.

This week's storm may end up being worse than your average nor’easter, according to Bloomberg. It could produce a “bomb cyclone,” otherwise known as a bombogenesis, a phenomenon that occurs when a system’s central pressure drops steeply - 24 millibars or more - in 24 hours. If current computer models hold, that’ll start to happen somewhere off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and continue as the storm moves north. Hurricane-force wind warnings have been posted off the coast where ships could encounter winds of 80 miles (130 kilometers) an hour and waves as high as 26 feet on Thursday.

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The Weather Channel describes how a bombogenesis forms:

To be classified as a weather bomb, or having undergone bombogenesis or “bombing-out”, the central pressure of a low pressure system must drop at least 24 millibars within 24 hours.

Bombogenesis results when there is a large temperature gradient, usually between a cold continental air mass and warm sea-surface temperatures. However, it can also be the product of a cold polar air mass and much warmer air from the south, say, over the Plains states.

Over that temperature contrast, a powerful, intensifying jet-stream disturbance triggers air to rise and kicking off the bombogenesis process.

 Frequently, Nor’easters are weather bombs due to cold air surging southward from Canada combined with the warm ocean waters of the Gulf Stream.

“Some computer models are projecting a minimum central air pressure of below 950 millibars at its peak, which would be nearly unheard of for this part of the world outside of a hurricane,” said Mashable’s Andrew Freedman. “For comparison, Hurricane Sandy had a minimum central pressure of about 946 millibars when it made its left hook into New Jersey in 2012.” By Thursday, the European model forecasts the storm to register at 946 millibars off the coast of Long Island, making it a rather intense storm on par with destructive hurricanes."

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With the cold air in place ahead of the storm, winter storm watches and warnings have been issued from north Florida to Maine.

On its current track, the storm will scrape the East Coast and dump snow from South Carolina to Maine and into Canada, with Boston and parts of Maine bearing the brunt. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has already declared a state of emergency for 28 counties. The weather stands to wreak havoc on markets for longer, as electricity prices have already surged to the highest level in years and natural gas demand hit a record high."

snip   I suggest anyone on the East coast pay very close attention to this one. Stay safe, everyone.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-02/bomb-cyclone-set-detonate-east-coast

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Capped Dunes of Eerie Beauty

The orange dunes frosted with snow look at first as though they could be images from a frozen moon circling some distant planet.

In fact, the rolling hills with the alien-looking white peaks were formed by a more earthly — if unusual — phenomenon: snow in the Sahara.

According to news reports in Algeria, about 15 inches of snow fell on Sunday in the region of Aïn Séfra, in the northwest of the country.

Unforgivingly hot in the day, but freezing during the night, the Sahara is renowned for its extreme temperatures. Experts said snowfall was rare — though nobody knows quite how rare, because the desert is so vast and there are comparatively few monitoring facilities.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/world/africa/snow-sahara.html

 

 

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SNOW forecast UK WARNING: Beast From The East 2 to COVER entire country with HEAVY SNOW

March 14, 2018      Charlie Buckle

SNOW is forecast to hit the UK this weekend, covering almost ALL areas of the country as the Beast From The East Part 2 smashes into Britain sending temperatures plummeting.

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"Bitter easterly winds are forecast to return this weekend pushing temperatures below freezing and bringing more snow.

While not expected to be as severe as recent Siberian blast, most of Britain could be facing another whiteout.

Cold air sweeping in from Siberia has meant the Met Office are on the brink of issuing a warning for snow for many parts of Britain.

The cold snap will follow a mild week which has seen temperatures reaching double figures widely over the coming days.

5-10cm of snow could be expected on Sunday in London and the South East.

A Met Office spokesman confirmed snow warnings would be in place for much of the country this weekend."

Snow UK weather forecast: Beast From The East 2 to hit Britain this weekend

Snow UK weather forecast: Beast From The East 2 to hit Britain this weekend

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https://www.express.co.uk/news/weather/931203/Snow-UK-weather-forecast-Beast-From-The-East-part-2-March-2018

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Brace Yourself For A Memorable Spring Snow Event

Matt Brickman     April 13, 2018

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"This year, April 14 could bring an event that eclipses that one, at least in the southwestern portion of the state.

WCCO meteorologist Matt Brickman said that that area is likely to see in excess of a foot of snow. The situation in the Twin Cities isn’t necessarily much better, with anywhere from 8 to 12 inches likely.  Brickman says that there will be a sharp northern cutoff to the accumulating snow, so totals will drop off quickly to the north.  This also means that a slight shift in storm track – only 50 to 75 miles – could change forecast snowfall totals drastically.


Precipitation has already started moving into the southern reaches of the state, bringing rain showers and severe thunderstorms with hail and strong straight-line winds to areas like Luverne and Marshall.

Nobles Cooperative Electric reported outages in Ellsworth after winds broke a number of power line poles along Interstate 90."

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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/04/13/april-snow-storm-prediction/

Stay safe in Minnesota!

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