A mammoth winter storm that struck only Monday evening and buried some parts of Colorado under historic record snowfall began to leave the state Tuesday afternoon. It’s headed towards neighboring Nebraska to inflict its snowy misery on the Cornhusker State.
Colorado weathermen, however, are keeping their eyes on a second snowstorm system expected to arrive Friday. They predict a cold and dry Thanksgiving with lots of snow.
Monday’s winter storm dumped historic snowfall on Boulder and Fort Collins, said local TV station CBS4. Weathermen said many areas along the Front Range experienced the most snow in three years. Among these were the community of Drake with 33 inches of snow; Livermore with 32 inches; and Coal Creek Canyon with 30 inches.
Colorado officials reported the highest snow totals took place in the foothills of Boulder and Larimer Counties where snowfall hit 3 feet in some areas. Denver International Airport (DIA) officially reported 7 inches of snow as of 5:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Hundreds of flights to and from DIA were canceled Tuesday as maintenance crews worked feverishly to clear heavy snow from runways. DIA is the largest airport in North America by total land area and the second largest in the world.
More than 1,100 passengers were forced to spend Monday evening at the airport due to the heavy snowstorm, said airport spokeswoman Alex Renteria. She said airport employees handed out blankets, baby formula and diapers to stranded passengers while restaurants stayed open past their usual closing time to serve those stranded.
DIA reported 475 flights cancelled Tuesday. Airport crews deployed snowplows, sand trucks and 20 other types of equipmenty to clear and keep the runways open on Tuesday.
Oddly, and despite the snowstorm, most ski areas in Colorado have seen less snow than Denver and the Front Range. Local media said there is still plenty of fresh powder on the mountains ahead of Thanksgiving.
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You’ve never seen a Thanksgiving like that before.
The Albuquerque area shattered the previous record for snowfall in what was the snowiest Thanksgiving in the city’s history.
And it wasn’t even close.
By mid-day Thursday, there had been 3.9 inches recorded at the Albuquerque International Sunport, which is the city’s official climate site, said Alyssa Clements, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.
That measurement far surpassed what had been the previous snowiest Thanksgiving, which was way back in 1934 when the city had 1.5 inches of snow on Thanksgiving, she said.
“We’re easily going to set a new record for Thanksgiving day,” Clements said.
And the airport’s reading was actually one of the lower snowfall accumulations recorded in the city, Clements said.
The entire city was blanketed with 4 to 6 inches of snow. Several places on the West Side recorded 7 inches, she said.
The area around Academy and Tramway had a whopping 8 inches of snowfall by Thanksgiving afternoon. That was the highest recording in city limits.
The last time Albuquerque had a white Thanksgiving was in 2010, when there was a paltry-by-comparison 0.3 of an inch of snow.
Clements said other areas in the state also saw lots of snow.
Sandia Park had between 10 and 12 inches of snow, Glorieta had over 9 inches and Santa Fe had between 6 and 8 inches.
Despite the high amount of snowfall throughout the state, roads conditions stayed relatively good throughout the day. By Thursday afternoon, the New Mexico Department of Transportation had upgraded driving conditions from difficult to fair.
An unusually early snowstorm crippled parts of the Northern Plains on Friday, bringing heavy gusts of wet snow and plummeting temperatures across the central United States, according to the National Weather Service.
Forecasters were calling the expected October snowfall across parts of North Dakota “historic,” and predicted that the storm could deliver as much as three feet of snow to parts of north central North Dakota, where blizzard warnings were in effect.
By Friday evening, Langdon, N.D., a city about 120 miles northwest of Grand Forks, had seen an accumulation of 27 inches, Greg Gust, a warning coordination meteorologist at the Weather Service in Grand Forks, said. The previous record snow total over more than one day for the city was 22.5 inches, set on April 8, 1997.
The combination of leaves on the trees, heavy, wet snow and winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour in some places prompted concerns about power failures. But by Friday evening only 356 customers in the state were reported without electricity, according to the tracking website PowerOutage.
Blizzard warnings were in effect through early Saturday afternoon for portions of north-central North Dakota. Dozens of schools and businesses in the state were closed on Friday.
As the snow and winds reduced visibility to near zero, and icy roads became treacherous for drivers, the North Dakota Department of Transportation issued a “no travel” advisory Friday for the central and northeastern portions of the state.
Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota said that the state’s emergency operations plan had been activated and that state agencies, as well as the National Guard, were standing by.
“The extraordinary intensity of this early winter storm threatens to test the limits of local response capabilities across a large portion of our state,” Mr. Burgum said in a statement. “We’re committed to a whole-of-government approach to protect human life and property and ensure our citizens have the resources necessary to respond and recover from this crippling event.”
The storm stretched about 300 miles — between Aberdeen, S.D., and Winnipeg, Manitoba, and about 230 miles east of Minot, N.D., into the northwestern part of Minnesota.
Aaron Dye, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Aberdeen, said Eureka, a city in the northern part of South Dakota, had recorded 11.6 inches. Mr. Dye said that total was a preliminary figure and likely to rise. “I’m sure we’ll be searching through the records tomorrow to see if any records were set once this event is over,” he said.
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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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Pakistan’s northern and northwestern parts have witnessed record snowfall last month which would help raise the water table in the country, officials said.
“During the last one month the country’s northern hilly areas received heavy snowfall — up to six to seven feet,” Abdul Wali Yousafzai, a senior officer in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa irrigation department told Anadolu Agency
This is the heaviest snowfall in 48 years, he added.
According to the met department, the country’s northern mountains received heavy snowfall in January and the first week of February.
“Snowfall and rain will not only help to raise our water table but also be beneficial for our forests that had been affected by a drought,” he added.
Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed the rain and snow calling it a “blessing from God”.
“[…] the rainfall will raise the water table while the snow will melt into our river,” Khan tweeted.
Pakistan is running out of fresh water at an alarming rate, experts say, which could spell disaster for the agriculture-based economy.
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The record snowfall in Gilgit-Baltistan that continued on Thursday brought activities of daily life to a standstill in the region.
The region has been cut off from other parts of the country as Karakoram Highway and other roads have been blocked due to snowfall and landslide.
The officials said that upper parts of 10 districts received more than12 inches snowfall while lower areas received four to six inches snowfall during the last three days.
Liaquat Ali, a resident of Skardu, told Dawn that local people faced shortage of dialy use items due to continuous snowfall. The temperature in the areas has already dropped blow minus 12 centigrade.
Shafqat Ali, a resident of Astore, said that the record snowfall paralysed life in the district. He said that people were forced to remain indoors. “All roads have been blocked and traffic between Astore and other parts of the country has been suspended,” he added.
Shafqat said that the system of telephone and electricity was also disrupted. “Rate of firewood has been increased as 40-kilogram firewood is sold at Rs1,200,” he added.
The residents of Hunza, Nagar, Ghizer, Gilgit also face hardships due to heavy snowfall. Traffic between Gilgit and other parts of the country has been suspended for the last one week following blockade of Karakoram Highway. Thousands of passengers have been stranded in various areas.
However, the administration said that Karakoram Highway was reopened to light traffic though travelling on the road was still dangerous.
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As the storm system that hit Israel at the beginning of the week enters its final stage, the cold temperatures plummeted Wednesday to this winter’s record low. Nearly a meter of snow has accumulated on Mt. Hermon and the water levels in the Sea of Galilee have risen by at least 19.5 cm over the past 48 hours, according to meteorological services.
The waterline in Sea of Galilee currently stands at -214 below sea level and 1.10 meters (3.6 feet) below the lower red line (the intermediate warning signal indicating a crisis).
The water level keeps rising due to the strong currents of the rivers flowing into the northern freshwater lake. In some areas of the Jordan River, the streams reached the speed of up to 100 cubic meters per second, a five-year high.
Although precipitation over Israel is mostly concentrated over the northern parts of the country, intermittent rainfall is expected in central and southern Israel all throughout Wednesday, raising fears over possible floods in eastern and southern rivers.
The southwest winds in the Mediterranean Sea will reach speeds of up to 50 kph (31 mph), while the height of the waves could reach of up to 5 meters (16 feet).
Meanwhile, management at the Mt. Hermon ski site said it has been years since they recorded uninterrupted snowfall that continued for three days straight, with some 90cm hitting the mountain’s lower parts so far. Although the site is currently closed—due to foggy and misty conditions—its ski trail is expected to open its doors to skiers for the first time this winter over the coming weekend.
The Israel Electric Corporation said the stormy weather caused the electricity consumption to hit 12,592mw, slightly less than an all-time record back in January 2016, when the consumption numbers stood at 12,624mw.
The storm is expected to taper off by by the end of the week with partly cloudy skies and temperatures returning to average by Friday. On Thursday the weather is expected to be dry and mild, with a slight rise in temperatures.
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