Southern California was hit by the wettest winter in years.
The snowpack, an important measurement of the state’s water supply, looks great.
And in mid-May — two months after the official end of winter — the rain and snow just keep coming.
California was clobbered this week by another storm, which dumped snow on the Sierra and set rain records in the Southland.
More winter conditions are on tap for parts of Northern California this weekend, and the National Weather Service predicts colder-than-average temperatures for the entire state next week.
There also is a chance of more showers in Southern California in the coming days, which could bring up to half an inch of precipitation to some areas, according to the weather service.
May storms are far from unheard of, but experts said what we saw this week was unusual.
“In April, we’d have low-pressure systems move through and instead of bringing a lot of rain, they’d barely give us anything,” said Lisa Phillips, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “This system is a little different in that we are getting significant moisture with it. It’s definitely out of the norm.”
The low-pressure system comes on the heels of an extremely wet winter in California. A series of atmospheric river storms that hit during the winter months bolstered the snowpack, filled reservoirs and streams, and even left the state drought-free for the first time in nearly a decade.
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Heavy snow has been falling in Yosemite Valley near Yosemite Village which is remarkable for the month of May!
The heavy snow will continue most times into next week and possibly beyond.
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The alert issued by the National Meteorological Service begins to be a reality in the localities of western Santa Cruz. There are already abundant snowfalls in the towns of El Calafate, El Chaltén, Río Turbio and El Cerrito.
On the other hand, due to heavy rainfall, the APSV issued a traffic restriction on National Routes 288 and 40 due to the large amount of rainfall.
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Cold waves in May, with winter characteristics, are not certain unusual, but we must say that most of them, documented at least 6/7, came in the 50/90 years. There are no traces of other cold waves of this entity in the last 30 years. Some late frosts in May there was also a few years ago for the Apennines, but it was manifested in large part with thermal drop and some night-morning frost due to the serenity of the sky, little associated cyclonic activity and also non-striking snow effects. The cold break in progress during these hours and which sees the highlight on the North Apennines, has few precedents in recent weather history and, moreover, is associated with a depression system of significant intensity and vorticity with bad weather, even intense, although circumscribed.
In the morning of today the winter cyclone has raged with rains and showers on many areas of the Po Valley, from Southeast Piedmont, Central South Lombardy, on most of Veneto, even on Liguria, Emilia Romagna, gradually spreading to Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, already with snow in the hills locally on the Ligurian hills. But from late morning and central hours a strong winter bad weather has struck in particular on Emilia Romagna with often heavy rains, especially on central northern areas, and very consistent hilly snowfall.
In the accompanying photo, the situation in the late afternoons at Prignano sulla Secchia, at 557 m above sea level, on the Modena pre-Apennines, around 20 cm and with a heavy snowfall in a purely winter atmosphere. The snow with accumulations has even reached 3/400 m and wet flakes even at 150 m on the Emilia and Romagna foothills. Hilly snow also on the Apennines and up to 50 and cm over 900/1000 m. Truly exceptional event with few precedents in the weather history of the last 60/70 years. In the coming night hours and in the course of tomorrow, the cold front will progressively move towards the Center and the South, bringing showers above all on the Apennine and Adriatic areas, also here with snow, but at a little higher altitudes, on average over 1000 / 1100 m on the Appennino Center, due to a gradual weakening of the cold food from the North. Rains and showers scattered in the South, more intense between Campania, locally Tyrrhenian Calabria and Puglia. Falling temperatures in the Center South.
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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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A very intense Arctic front is moving south across Europe this weekend and is expected to bring unusually low temperatures, snow and dangerous frost into some vulnerable areas on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Some areas could experience morning temperatures well below zero, which would be potentially devastating for vineyards and agriculture. Overall, very cold days are expected across much of our continent through mid next week, while it remains mild and warm across the Iberian peninsula.
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Commuters faced snow in Hämeenlinna on Friday morning. Image: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva
Chilly and wet conditions enveloped Finland on Friday.
A plunge of cold air is moving north-east, bringing snow and sleet showers to central parts as well as Kainuu in the east.
On Friday, dry conditions will mostly prevail in the south and south-west as well as in Lapland, though the wind chill factor is adding to the bite of the cold weather.
Saturday will bring rain showers to the south while central areas can expect sleet.
Skies are expected to clear up nationwide on Sunday, which is when the sun will stage a comeback.
On Saturday daytime highs will range from 7 degrees Celsius in the south to 3 up north, with temperatures rising slightly on Sunday.
Driving conditions are poor in most of Finland on Friday.
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The first weekend of May will bring friskier temperatures back to Belgium, with some regions looking at the possibility of snow on Saturday.
The Royal Meteorological Institute forecasts an overall dry Friday, although it notes some rain could be expected, and estimates temperatures will remain below the 13°C mark.
As polar winds transit through the country, a cold front is expected on Saturday, which means northern regions could see some snow or slush.
Elsewhere, temperatures will be lower than average for the season, and the skies will be intermittently clear and cloudy.
Thunderclaps, hail and showers also forecast, and strong winds could reach speeds of up to 65 km/h.
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5th May could become a historic day due to the exceptional snowfall in the Po Valley.
According to the weather data the snowfalls in the Po Valley in May are very rare during May, and can be counted on the fingertips of a hand in the last 250 years.
In Bologna the last whitewashed snow in May dates back to the very distant 1861, the year of the Unification of Italy, over 150 years ago.
On Sunday 5 May 2019, the snow could whiten not only Bologna, but also Modena, Reggio Emilia, Parma, Verona, Vicenza and other places in the Po Valley due to the arrival of a wave of exceptionally late cold air from Scandinavia.
Meanwhile, bad weather will start in the next few hours, between this afternoon and tomorrow. Attention also to the strong mistral winds especially in Sardinia and Sicily, in extension Sunday and Monday also to the rest of Italy.
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