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Cold air to freeze East, set stage for rounds of snowfall

Cold air building over the Central states will expand toward the East during the balance of the week and will be accompanied by snow in some locations.

Temperatures will be slashed by 20 to 30 degrees compared to the start of this week.

High temperatures mainly in the 40s during the later part of this week will replace highs in the 60s in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will plunge into the 20s and 30s at times during the daylight hours.

However, the temperature drops will not be as extreme in the East as they were over the Central states.
The air will get cold enough at night to bring the first freeze to portions of the South, including Atlanta, and the Interstate-95 corridor.

Unlike chilly air episodes thus far this season, this particular cold outbreak will have staying power and is likely to last well into next week.

In much of the Appalachians and many areas on the western slopes of the mountains, high temperatures most days will be no better than the 30s.

Bands of snow and flurries will set up downwind of the Great Lakes.

The first areas to experience the lake-effect snow will be across parts of Michigan and northern Wisconsin beginning at midweek in the wake of the Upper Midwest snowstorm.

According to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, "Some areas around the lower Great Lakes that have escaped lake-effect snowfall thus far this season will have their first accumulation later this week."
Blackbox

Stunning beauty inside mysterious Yamal Crater in Siberia

© Vladimir Pushkarev / Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration
Russian scientists have explored a newly-formed and mysterious crater in Siberia. Theу hope their research will shed light on the origin of the hole in the land that locals call 'the end of the world.'

The scientists were waiting for winter to freeze the walls of the crater, so that they could climb down 10.5 meters to its base. Director of the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration and the expedition's leader, Vladimir Pushkarev, told The Siberian Times, "We managed to go down into the funnel, all was successful. We used climbing equipment, and it is easier to do this in winter than in summer, with the ground now hard."

© Vladimir Pushkarev / Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration
"We took all the probes we planned, and made measurements. Now scientists need time to process all the data and only then can they draw conclusions," he added.

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Snowflake

Three feet of snow gets dumped on northern Michigan

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The big, wet flakes of snow fall on downtown Marquette on Monday, November 10, 2014.
A pre-winter chill, with the possibility of light snow flurries, has settled in over the metro Detroit area, but southern Michigan residents can be thankful they don't live further north.

Parts of the Upper Peninsula are buried in as much as 3 feet of snow this morning.

As of this morning, 36.1 inches of snow had fallen since Monday in Marquette County near Negaunee. Up to 2 feet fell in other parts of the Upper Peninsula with lower totals along the Lake Michigan shoreline, the Associated Press reports.

Detroit today will see highs in the upper 30s with perhaps a few flurries, said National Weather Service meteorologist Sara Schultz. A few more flurries are possible Thursday from the morning into the afternoon, and highs from now into the weekend are to be in the 30s with lows in the 20s.

Up North, meteorologist Justin Titus says a major winter storm system that brought all that snow to the U.P. has moved out of the area, but lake-effect snow of 8 to 15 inches is forecast along Lake Superior through Saturday, according to the Associated Press.
Magnify

Mysterious fungal disease proves deadly in wild snakes

© Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study
This Georgian mud snake died from snake fungal disease.
The female mud snake found May 28 in Georgia had cloudy eyes and patches of white, thickened scales. A strange, dark-gray material covered the inside of her mouth, and the skin on the front of her face had peeled away, leaving behind an angry red mess.

In fact, the deadly fungus that caused this snake's injuries is killing snakes across the Midwest and Eastern United States, said Matthew Allender, a clinical assistant professor of zoo and wildlife medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Little is known about the condition, which is called snake fungal disease, but researchers are now investigating how snakes catch it, fight it and can eventually die from it.

Within the next year, researchers may know more about antifungal medications, as well as what temperatures might impede the fungi's growth, Allender said.
Cloud Grey

High winds, power outages in Pacific Northwest from powerful 'winterlike air mass'

Strong winds broke out in parts of the Pacific Northwest Tuesday and Wednesday, prompting high wind warnings for parts of western Washington and northwest Oregon, injuring one person in Portland and blowing trees onto houses in the Seattle-Tacoma area. At least 66,000 customers were still without power Wednesday morning in the two states as winds continued to knock down trees and power lines.

The winds are the result of the same winterlike air mass that has plunged all the way south to the Gulf Coast and eastward into the Ohio Valley behind a powerful cold front. A powerhouse high-pressure zone over western Canada and the northern U.S. is also trying to literally push this frigid but shallow air through gaps in the Rocky Mountains and from there into the Northwest, where it faces a second obstacle in the form of the Cascade Range.

The high, whose central pressure was 1051 millibars (31.03 inches of mercury) over Canada's Northwest Territories Tuesday afternoon, has proven plenty strong enough to do just that. Winds began howling before sunrise Tuesday in the Columbia River Gorge just east of Portland, Oregon -- the most prominent gap in the Cascades, cutting a 4,000-foot-deep valley through the mountains.
House

Second 10-foot-wide sinkhole opens up in Florida next door to home where car was swallowed

A second sinkhole has opened in Pasco, Florida next door to the home where a car was swallowed after a 10-foot-wide crater opened in the ground on Monday.

Geologists have been called in to survey the hole which initially opened at a width of five-feet, but by mid-afternoon on Tuesday had expanded to the same size as the first depression. One resident has been evacuated bringing the total number of homes evacuated to seven after the first sinkhole developed outside the mobile home park and swallowed a black Hyundai.

The first hole was barely 4ft wide by 4ft deep when fire crews arrived at the mobile home in Holiday, Florida, at around 10.45am on Monday - but by 11 am it had grown to 10ft by 10ft.The family living at 1728 Torch St, where the hole opened up, have been told their house will be condemned - while five neighboring families were also evacuated.

The Red Cross was called to provide temporary shelter for the residents while experts assess the damage to their houses.

Heather Furlani, who arrived in Florida just last week with her husband and dog Coco, told WFLA she was given just minutes to leave. She said: 'I ran in and grabbed my purse and here I am. That's all I got - and my dog.' Because the hole is on private property it will be up to the home insurance company to fill in the hole and repair the building, according to a Pasco County Spokesman.

Comment: Expanding sinkhole in Florida swallows car in driveway, forces evacuations of 6 other homes

Bizarro Earth

Expanding sinkhole in Florida swallows car in driveway, forces evacuations of 6 other homes

Six Tampa Bay-area families were evacuated from their homes after a car fell into a hole that developed in a driveway.

Pasco County officials say the hole that developed Monday in Holiday was 10 feet wide and 10 feet deep. County spokesman Doug Tobin says engineers had not confirmed that it was sinkhole.

Officials say the mobile home where the hole developed and five others nearby were evacuated as a safety precaution. No one was injured.

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Fish

Fed up with clapping for fish? Sea World trainer attacked by sea lion, Australia

A sea lion who didn't take kindly to being weighed has attacked an animal trainer at Sea World on the Gold Coast.

The 28-year-old suffered a minor cut to his arm, Sea World said in a statement.

The theme park said the man was trying to carry out a routine weight check on the animal when the incident happened.

"An ambulance was called to attend to the trainer. Following the incident, both the sea lion and trainer are in a good condition," Sea World said.

The sea lions are coming into their breeding season which can lead to them being in an excited state, the park said.

Source: AAP
Wolf

Brampton woman attacked by coyote, Canada

© Graeme Frisque
The City of Brampton has put up sign warning residents and placed traps in the area following a suspected coyote attack after a woman was bitten in her driveway on Thursday night.
A Brampton woman is undergoing rabies treatment after reporting that she had been bitten by a coyote in front of her home on Mountain Ridge Rd. on Thursday night.

Jasmine Bajaj and her family had just arrived home at around 9 p.m. when she realized that she forgot something in her car.

When she went back out to the driveway, she said a large coyote snuck up behind her and bit her in the leg, leaving two large puncture wounds on her calf.
Igloo

Arctic blast sets stage for winter storm to threaten the Northwest U.S.

The blast of arctic air spreading across the nation will set the stage for a winter storm to threaten the Northwest later this week.

Frigid air will not only spend this week pouring across the eastern two-thirds of the nation, but will also continue to spill into the Northwest.

As the cold air expands southwestward, gusty winds will create even lower AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures through Wednesday.

As the cold air squeezes through the Columbia Gorge, winds will pick up speed in a fashion similar to what happens between buildings in a city. Gusts of 40 to 60 mph can occur near the western mouth of the gorge into Wednesday.

The strongest winds will whip Troutdale, Oregon, with gusts of 50 mph expected in Portland.

Such winds could cause tree damage and power outages. Dangerous cross-winds will threaten high-profile vehicles, including those traveling Interstate-84 as it snakes along the Columbia River and the portion of I-5 in the Portland, Oregon, area.

As the winds die down later Wednesday, attention will then turn toward a new Pacific storm due to arrive late in the week.

While the storm will be far from the strongest to slam the region, the presence of the cold air will set the stage for snow and ice to fall outside of the mountains and create travel hazards.

Current indications point toward an icy mix developing along the I-5 corridor in northern Oregon and southern Washington Wednesday night through Thursday morning.
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