Ice & snow

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Rare snow, heaviest since 2014 brings Tokyo to a standstill

A rare heavy snowfall hit Japanese capital Tokyo on Monday, January 22, 2018, causing around 700 traffic accident, stranding more than 9 000 travelers and leaving more than 180 people injured. The snowfall began during the morning hours (local time) of January 22,...

January 23, 2018

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Massive blizzard dumps huge amounts of snow on B.C., forces closure of ski resorts

A powerful storm that hit British Columbia, Canada over the weekend, leaving more than 73 000 people without electricity, dumped massive amounts of snow on Vancouver Island, creating dangerous conditions that forced ski resorts and roads to temporarily close. Mount...

January 23, 2018

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Major ice jam flooding, snow and ice as Arctic front moves toward eastern US

A sharp arctic frontal boundary continues moving eastward towards the eastern U.S. into this weekend impacting travel. Significant freezing rain, accumulating snow, and gusty winds producing wind chills can be expected. Ice jams have been reported from Ohio to...

January 12, 2018

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Rare snowstorm hits Shikoku and Kyushu, southwestern Japan

A rare snowstorm is affecting Shikoku and Kyushu, southwestern Japan today, January 11, 2018, causing traffic chaos throughout the region. Numerous traffic accidents were already reported and at least 9 people have been injured. Authorities are advising residents to...

January 11, 2018

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Snow covers northern Algeria's desert for the second winter in a row

Snow has covered northern Algeria's desert around the city of Ain Sefra for the second winter in a row on January 7, 2018. The last time this region saw snow before December 2016 was in 2013. The snowfall in northern Algeria was caused by the same weather...

January 08, 2018

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Boston breaks the highest ever recorded tide, followed by frozen floods

Boston, Massachusetts has officially broken the highest ever recorded tide since 1921 as a major winter storm swept over the region on January 4, 2018. As the storm passed by, the winds shifted and brought viciously-cold winds from the northwest, turning flood water...

January 05, 2018

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First snowfall in 28 years hits parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina

A powerful winter storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain to parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday, January 3, 2017. Although measured amounts aren't impressive at all, compared to what regions further north are used too, in many places...

January 04, 2018

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Extremely cold temperatures across North America blamed for at least 7 deaths

Several blasts of very cold Arctic air affecting North America for over a week now are blamed for the deaths of at least 7 people in the United States. As long-lived cold outbreak continues across Canada and the Northern Plains, Great Lakes, Northeast, New England...

January 02, 2018

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US and Canada: Extremely cold temperatures continue, list of broken records

Extremely cold, dangerous temperatures will continue across much of the United States and southern Canada into next week, with heavy wintry precipitation continuing across the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies into Saturday, December 30. This cold blast is both...

December 29, 2017

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Arctic air dominates US and Canada, record-breaking lows expected into New Year's Day

Large swaths of the United States and Canada are experiencing a prolonged period of extremely cold Arctic air and forecast models call for even colder air to arrive before the New Year's Day and into the first week of 2018. Conditions will also remain favorable...

December 28, 2017

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Numerous snowfall records shattered in Erie, Pennsylvania

A potent winter storm hit parts of the US Mid-West, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, dumping heavy snow and creating whiteout conditions in numerous locations over the past couple of days. In its wake, the storm left behind a perfect setup for intense and prolonged...

December 27, 2017

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3 dead, 480 000 without power, numerous records broken as winter storm hits US South

Nearly 500 000 people were left without power and three have died as a suprisingly strong early winter storm hit the US South on its way toward the Northeast. The storm dumped rare snow on the Deep South, in many places record-breaking for December. Relatively quiet...

December 10, 2017

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Snow is falling in Houston, TX, last measurable snow there was 8 years ago

Snow is falling across parts of northern Mexico and Texas, US on Friday, December 8, 2017, including Houston where the last measurable snow fell 8 years ago. "What a memorable shift," NWS Houston said. "We measured 1 - 1.5 inches [2.5 - 3.8 cm] of...

December 08, 2017

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Alaska records one of the most extreme snowfall rates on record

An astonishing 25.4 cm (10 inches) of snow per hour was reported at Thompson Pass near Valdez, Alaska on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. This is extraordinary even by Valdez standards, the snowiest town in the United States. What hit Alaska's North Gulf Coast this...

December 07, 2017

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Early season snowstorm leaves 4 dead in Minnesota, record waves across Lake Superior

The first significant snowstorm to hit Minnesota this season left four people dead over the weekend. It was the earliest snow in the state since 2009. The storm also produced an 8.78-m-high wave (28.8 feet) in Lake Superior, breaking the previous Great Lakes record...

October 30, 2017

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Record snowmelt, raging rivers across America's West claim 21 lives

Raging rivers caused by record snowmelt claimed lives of at least 21 people across the America's West so far this season, forcing officials to close sections of rivers popular with swimmers, rafters and fishing enthusiasts. In Utah and Wyoming, some rivers...

June 13, 2017

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California ski season to last entire summer, mountains still packed with loads of snow

What is becoming one the West's wettest years on record has stretched winter season for most California and Nevada ski resorts well into spring and, with 2.4 m (8 feet) of snow still on most of the mountains, some resorts now say they will stay open during the...

June 09, 2017