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Winter storm death toll rises to 27 in Western New York, 57 across U.S.

snow storm new york
© AP Photo/Craig Ruttle
The winter storm ravaging most of the United States during the Christmas holidays has claimed at least 27 lives in western New York and at least 57 nationwide, officials estimated Monday.

Erie County, N.Y., Executive Mark Poloncarz announced at a Monday news conference that 12 additional deaths had been caused by the historic blizzard, bringing the area's death toll to 25 — most occurring in the city of Buffalo.

One death was reported in neighboring Niagara County of a man who died from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning attributed to the storm, the Buffalo News reported.

The new deaths bring the number of total deaths nationwide to at least 57 people, according to a tally by NBC News.

Poloncarz said that "snow is still dropping" and that officials expect another 8 and 12 inches of snow by 1 p.m. on Tuesday.


Snowfall hits Mexico - only 3rd time ever for Mexico City

There have only been two recorded instances of snow within Mexico City itself on March 5, 1940 and Jan 12, 1967.


Rare snow in the Azores

© Renato Goulart
The island of Pico became, on Monday, December 26th, an authentic Christmas postcard with the snow that fell over the mountain, covering the highest point in Portugal.

Renato Goulart, a well-known Pico tour guide who has climbed the mountain hundreds of times, shared the impressive images on Facebook.

In addition to the images, he also shared several videos where it is possible to see not only the island of Pico but also Faial and São Jorge.

Cloud Precipitation

Desert city of Petra flooded, tourists evacuated as freak heavy rainfall lashes Jordan

Footage from Jordan's most-visited tourist attraction 150 miles south of Jerusalem shows a river of water pouring into the gorge

Footage from Jordan's most-visited tourist attraction 150 miles south of Jerusalem shows a river of water pouring into the gorge.
The ancient rock city of Petra has been flooded after a freak rainfall lashed the archaeological site, forcing evacuations.

Water from nearby mountains in Jordan gushed into the iconic rose-red city which has been standing for 2,000 years.

An estimated 1,700 tourists and locals were ordered to evacuate the area for their safety, after 13 were killed in similar flooding at the site in 2018.

Footage from Jordan's most-visited tourist attraction 150 miles south of Jerusalem shows a river of water pouring into the gorge into the entrance of the Petra temple as panicked tourists flee.


Dolphin and minke whale found dead on beaches in Portugal


Dead minke whale.
On Christmas day, locals spotted a lifeless minke whale and a dolphin at Rocha beach and Prainha beach, in Alvor, respectively.

According to Sul Informação, the whale, found on Rocha beach, was close to six meters, while the dolphin, which came ashore in Prainha was about two meters.

The Municipal Water and Waste Company of Portimão (EMARP) is planning to remove the animals tomorrow, the 27th, at 7am, said the same newspaper.

Snowflake Cold

Huge 'bomb cyclone' storm hits US with life-threatening cold as holidays begin

More than 60% of US faces winter weather warnings, with temperatures drastically below normal in many places
snow in flint , michigan
© Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Street lights and snow blow in severe wind gusts in Flint, Michigan.
A wild winter storm enveloped much of the US on Saturday, bringing blizzards, freezing rain, flooding and intense cold close to record lows. More than a dozen deaths were attributed to the storm. Holiday travel and utilities were disrupted, with around 1.4 million homes and businesses left without power by late afternoon.

Forecasters said the storm, a "bomb cyclone" or "bombogenesis", was caused by a collision of cold, dry air from the north and warm, moist air from the south.

More than 200 million people were under some form of winter advisory or warning in "one of the greatest extents of winter weather warnings and advisories ever", the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

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Hunt for two people missing after avalanche in free skiing area in Austria

avalanche austria December 2022
© Daily Mail
The avalanche occurred at around 3pm, with several helicopters and search teams deployed soon afterwards, December 25, 2022
Rescue workers are now searching for two missing people after an avalanche swept across ski trails in western Austria.

A video from a witness led rescuers to believe that as many as 10 people could be missing after the avalanche hit at around 3pm at the Lech Zuers free skiing area. Eight of those individuals have since been identified and are no longer feared buried, German news agency dpa reported, citing a spokesman of the rescue team.

About 200 rescue workers have been searching the avalanche site this afternoon and evening, with rescuers requesting headlamps so that they can continue their search in the dark.

Snowflake Cold

An insane amount of snow for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario - over a meter deep

Sault Ste. Marie has a 97 per cent chance of seeing a white Christmas from year to year. After all, to officially call a White Christmas you need 2 cm on the ground Christmas morning. We've gone slightly overboard this year.

Since Friday, the Sault has received over 77cm and that's not including accumulation from midnight Saturday to Christmas morning. Unofficially, another 30cm fell in that time frame.

To put things in perspective, last winter the Sault maintained a snow pack of 40 to 50cm - that was for the entire winter
. As of Christmas morning, we have seen over 100cm and it's still snowing.

Snowflake Cold

Heavy snow in Japan kills at least 17

Japan hit by deadly heavy snows

Japan hit by deadly heavy snows
Many deaths caused by people falling from roofs or being buried underneath thick piles of snow sliding off rooftops

Heavy snow in large parts of Japan has killed 17 people and injured more than 90 while leaving hundreds of homes without power, disaster management officials have said.

Powerful winter fronts have dumped heavy snow in northern regions since last week, stranding hundreds of vehicles on highways, delaying delivery services and causing 11 deaths by Saturday.

More snowfall over the Christmas weekend brought the number of dead to 17 and injured to 93 by Monday morning, according to the disaster management agency.

Many of them had fallen while removing snow from roofs or were buried underneath thick piles of snow that slid off rooftops.

Comment: Niigata, southern Tohoku in Japan hit by record snowfalls - 2.2 meters (7.2 feet) deep


Wrong place, wrong time: MacGillivray's warblers from West Coast that should be wintering in Mexico turn up in Virginia and Massachusetts

The MacGillivray's warbler spotted at Lake Shenandoah in Rockingham County. Courtesy of Garland Kitts.

The MacGillivray's warbler spotted at Lake Shenandoah in Rockingham County. Courtesy of Garland Kitts.
A brisk day on Lake Shenandoah just a few days before Christmas, Kent Scaggs searched the edge of the water for his prey.

The flighty creature was first spotted a couple weeks earlier just outside of Harrisonburg foraging in some thick nestle. Scaggs, 57, quietly scoured these secluded areas in hopes of catching a glimpse of a yellow wing, finally tracking it on a honeysuckle bush. The silky gray hood and striking white arcs around its eye identified the winged animal as the one he had been hunting. He slowly lifted the scope to his eyes for a clear, swift shot.


A perfect picture of MacGillivray's warbler, a bird thousands of miles away from the warm climate it flees to this time of year.

Comment: The other bird turned up in Boston, Massachusetts, from a report on December 12:
Mary Ellen spotted this MacGillivray's Warbler in McLaughlin Woods, part of Mission Hill's McLaughlin Playground.

They're not usually seen east of Texas, so maybe it was blown here by one of the recent cross-country storms?