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Heavy snowfall returns to Poland causing chaos on roads

In Poland, nearly 300,00 people are without electricity as heavy snowfall returns to the country after an unusually warm delay.

Poor road conditions have caused several fatal accidents and train delays, especially in the south. Emergency services in the area said they responded to more than 2000 callouts in one day.

In Malopolskie and Podkarpackie, repair crews are struggling to access damaged power lines due to dangerous conditions.

With temperatures expected to plummet further, authorities across the country are on high alert.


Heavy rains cause flooding on rivers in northern Hungary

Unusually heavy rains this month have caused flooding on several waterways in northern Hungary, with the water authority raising the alert as more rains, sleet and snow is expected for the weekend.

In the village of Josvafo, near the border with Slovakia, the local stream flooded some of the streets and roads were closed. The highest 3rd grade alert is in place on the Sajo and Tarna rivers in northern Hungary.

"January used to be a cold month when there was snow, and we used to have floods only in March," said Josvafo Mayor Gabor Jona as he was checking on water levels. "We hope that there will not be more floods but the forecasts say the rain will continue so we have to be prepared."

(Reporting by Krisztina Fenyo; Editing by Mark Porter)

Source: Reuters

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Tibet avalanche: Death toll hits 28 after drivers buried alive in deep snow

The local government also deployed 229 vehicles, 2,951 items of rescue equipment and 256 professional rescue personnel
The local government also deployed 229 vehicles, 2,951 items of rescue equipment and 256 professional rescue personnel
The death toll from a tragic avalanche in Tibet has reached 28, as multiple vehicles were buried in deep snow and ice on a section of road connected to a tunnel.

Fifty-three people were rescued following the avalanche on a section of road between Pai village in Mainling county and the Doxong La tunnel in Medog county on January 17.

Chinese state media reported late on Friday that rescue workers had been digging by hand when they uncovered eight more bodies which bought the search to an end.

On Tuesday, the avalanche hit a road and highway tunnel, connecting the city of Nyingchi in Tibet's southwest with outlying Medog county, leaving people trapped in their vehicles as snow engulfed the exit of the tunnel.


Rare snowfall blankets the Taklimakan Desert in China

A rare snowfall blanketing the Taklimakan Desert of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has created stunning, picturesque winter scenery, wowing local residents and visitors.

The Taklamakan, located in southwestern Xinjiang, is the largest desert in China and the second-largest shifting-sand desert in the world.

Due to the latest cold snap, the rolling desert dunes turned into snow-capped mountains of a "frozen" winter wonderland, with snow covering the branches of sparse trees and enlivening the vast desert.

Blanketing the golden sand with a silver coat, the large-scale snowfall helped the desert present special colors across the area.

Cloud Precipitation

Barrage of storms in 2022 leads to Europe smashing all-time hail records (set just a year prior in 2021)

Hail reports from 2022
© European Severe weather database / FOX Weather
Hail reports from 2022
There were 18 reports of hail around the size of softballs or larger. France, Italy and Germany topped the list for most reports of hail.

When severe storm enthusiasts think of hailstorms, Oklahoma and Kansas come to mind, but in 2022, the United States tally was dwarfed by reports of frozen precipitation from across Europe, with the continent seeing record-breaking events.

The European Severe Storms Laboratory said there were 8,224 large hail reports in 2022, which overshot 2021's record-breaking year by nearly 2,800 reports.

Sightings stretched from the Atlantic coast through most of the continent, with France, Italy and Germany topping the list with the most sightings.

The ESSL said the two most impactful events were a hailstorm that injured 100 people in Casamassima, Italy, on August 19 and a severe weather outbreak that led to damaged windows and roofs, dozens of injuries and death in northeastern Spain on August 30.


Waterspout spotted in Hawaii

Check out this waterspout on the island of Maui in Hawaii. The person who caught this on video initially thought it was a tornado. If you look closely, there are a couple of hints that what we're seeing is a waterspout.


Powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake hits north Argentina

A powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook northern Argentina on Friday but there were no immediate reports of damages.

The quake struck at 8:09 p.m. local time with its epicenter about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southwest of the town of Campo Gallo in Santiago del Estero province. Its depth was 610 kilometers.

Authorities and local media reported no damages or deaths.

Source: AP

Cloud Precipitation

3 dead, 2 missing in floods and landslides in Santa Catarina, Brazil - 6.8 inches of rain in 12 hours

Landslide and flood damage in Rodeio, Santa Catarina, Brazil, January 2023.
© Government of Santa Catarina
Landslide and flood damage in Rodeio, Santa Catarina, Brazil, January 2023.
Stormy weather over the last 2 days has caused fatalities and material damages in the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil.

The Civil Defense of the State maintains the alert for this Friday, 20, due to the indication of more rain for Santa Catarina.

So far the state government said 26 municipalities have reported losses due to the storms of recent days and the cities of Rio Negrinho and Ascurra have declared a state of emergency.

The municipality of Rio Negrinho reported that there are 80 people displaced due to heavy rains. Around 60 buildings and structures were damaged.


Heavy snow causes traffic disruptions in Spain


Northern Spain was hit by heavy snowfall and strong winds on Wednesday. The streets were covered in snow which caused difficulty for residents to commute to work.


6.2-magnitude earthquake hits off Guadeloupe - USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 jolted 40 km WSW of Pointe-Noire, Guadeloupe at 1123 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 166.372 km, was initially determined to be at 16.131 degrees north latitude and 62.1564 degrees west longitude.