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Ice, snow, bitter cold hits millions as major storm pummels swaths of U.S.

A woman walks through falling snow in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday.
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A woman walks through falling snow in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday.
The storm, which has already caused power outages and a number of pileups, was expected to travel up the Northeast through Tuesday.

More than 140 million Americans in 26 states were under some sort of winter advisory heading into Monday as a major winter storm swept through the southern Plains.

The storm, which has already caused power outages and a number of pileups on icy roads, was expected to travel up the Northeast through Tuesday, bringing heavy snow, ice and freezing temperatures, the National Weather Service said. Six inches to a foot of snow was forecast to stretch from the mid-Mississippi to Ohio Valleys, across the lower Great Lakes and into northern New England, according to the service.

It also warned about more power outages and significant travel disruptions across much of the southern Plains, as well as "bitterly cold air" that can result in "dangerous or life-threatening wind chills."


Comment: Snow and ice blanket US north-west, leaving hundreds of thousands without power - ice-laden trees fall on power lines


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At least 9 dead, 10 missing after landslide triggered by torrential rains in Java, Indonesia

Twenty-one people were initially reported
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Twenty-one people were initially reported missing, but three individuals were rescued after the disaster in a rural part of East Java
Torrential rains triggered a landslide on Indonesia's main island of Java, killing at least nine people and leaving 10 others missing, as emergency personnel digging with their bare hands and farm tools desperately sought to unearth more victims on Monday (Feb 15), officials said.

Twenty-one people were initially reported missing after the disaster struck Sunday evening in a rural part of East Java.

Hundreds of rescuers, including soldiers, police and volunteers, took part in the search for the missing in the village of Selopuro in East Java's Nganjuk district, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Raditya Jati.

Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency said it had found nine bodies, but was still searching for 10 others.

The other two people had been rescued.


Fire

Guatemala's Fuego volcano has started to erupt

Fuego volcano erupts
© AP Photo/Moises Castillo
Fuego volcano
Guatemalan rescue services reported that the Fuego volcano, located 50km away from the capital city of Guatemala, has started to erupt, Prensa Libre newspaper report says.

Lava flows reach up to 1.5 km long, and a column of ash rises above the volcano, spreading up to 5 km away, the report says. There were no reports of evacuation yet.

Last time, Fuego erupted on June 3, 2018, which led to deaths of over 200 people.


Snowflake

Winter storm dumps over 9 inches of snow on Boise, Idaho

People walking through the snow in downtown Boise

People walking through the snow in downtown Boise

Winter arrives in the Treasure Valley with a vengeance, dumping over nine inches of snow on everything. The snow set the stage for a February snow day complete with show shoveling, hazardous roads, and a trip to favorite sledding hills.


Snowflake Cold

Snow and ice blanket US north-west, leaving hundreds of thousands without power - ice-laden trees fall on power lines

People walk by a collapsed tree in Lake Oswego,
© Gillian Flaccus
People walk by a collapsed tree in Lake Oswego, Ore., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. The tree fell during an ice and snowstorm that left hundreds of thousands of people without power and disrupted travel across the Pacific Northwest region.
A winter storm blanketed the Pacific north-west with ice and snow on Saturday, leaving hundreds of thousands without power and disrupting travel across the region.

Freezing rain left roads, power lines and trees coated in ice in the Portland, Oregon, region, and by Saturday morning more than 270,000 had lost power. The extreme conditions, loss of power and transportation problems prompted Oregon governor Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency.

"Crews are out in full force now and are coordinating with local emergency response teams on communications for emergency services, such as warming centers," Brown said. "I'm committed to making state resources available to ensure crews have the resources they need on the ground."


Cloud Precipitation

Over 30 fatalities reported after weeks of flooding in South Africa

The flood gates of the Vaal Dam near Johannesburg South Africa were opened on 11 February, 2021 after days of heavy rain.
© DWS South Africa
The flood gates of the Vaal Dam near Johannesburg South Africa were opened on 11 February, 2021 after days of heavy rain.
Flooding continues to affect parts of South Africa, with 10 fatalities reported in Limpopo province over the last few days.

Parts of the country were badly hit by flooding after heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Cyclone Eloise from around 23 January 2021.

Eloise has long since dissipated but heavy rainfall has continued to fall throughout the first weeks of February, causing further flooding and dam levels to rise. As of 11 February, authorities began releasing water from the Vaal Dam, situated about 75km south of Johannesburg.


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Pair of avalanches kill 3 mountain climbers in Slovenia

AVANCHE
Two avalanches in Slovenia killed three mountain climbers and injured three more people Saturday, authorities said.

The avalanches happened in the area of Kamnik-Savinja Alps, around 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Slovenia's capital Ljubljana, said the Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief.

Police said four climbers were in the area of Mt. Storzic when the first avalanche killed two on the spot and buried the other two up to their waists.

The second avalanche struck during the rescue operation some some three hours later, killing another climber and seriously injuring the other. Two rescuers were also injured, one seriously, police said.


Police said the four climbers were the only ones in the area. Authorities issued an avalanche alert and warned against climbing during an ongoing spate of extremely cold and windy weather.

Source: AP

Snowflake

Cold front Medea brings snow to northern Greece

snow
© Greek Reporter
After a period of unseasonably warm weather across the country, the cold front "Medea" brought frigid temperatures and snowfall to northern Greece on Saturday.

Currently, snowfall and ice-cold temperatures have been recorded across Northern Greece, particularly in Florina, Kozani, Kastoria, Kavala, Katerini, and Thessaloniki.

The cold front will continue through the weekend, with more snowfall and frigid weather expected in Athens and the rest of the country on Monday.

Along with low temperatures and snowfall, meteorologists also predict that Medea will bring about strong thunderstorms around Greece late Saturday through Sunday.


Snowflake Cold

"Extreme freeze" - Record low February temperatures across the UK

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Records fall, not just for the day, but for the entire month of February. Some records broken by "quite some way".
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Fifteen weather stations across the UK recorded their lowest temperatures ever for February overnight on Wednesday, according to the Met Office.

The forecaster's station in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, recorded a temperature of minus 23C, the lowest in the UK since 1995.

And the "extreme freeze" also saw the mercury plummet in areas in the Scottish Highlands, such as Kinbrace and Strathallan, to minus 21.3C and minus 18.2C respectively.

Snowflake Cold

Russia's capital Moscow hit with the worst snowfall in decades

Moscow snow
© Sputnik/ Yevgeniy Biyatov
The Russian capital has been hit with the worst snowfall in decades, with freak weather disrupting air travel and bringing traffic to a halt. Several people have been injured as a result of roofs collapsing in Moscow Region.

The adverse weather befell the city and its surrounding region on Friday, and snow continued falling for two straight days. A snowfall this intense hasn't been registered in the city for some 50 years, with the current record dating back to 1973.

The mountains of snow resulted in the closure of multiple roads across the city overnight.


Comment: Meanwhile a major winter storm impacted the Pacific Northwest. A total of 11.1 inches of snow fell in Seattle between February 12-13. the daily snowfall for February 13 is 8.9 inches making it the snowiest day in Seattle in 52 years!