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16.5 inches of snow falls in 24 hours on the Coquihalla Summit, British Columbia

B.C.'s Coquihalla Summit was hammered by a winter storm on Saturday night, prompting a travel advisory, avalanche control, and several motor vehicle accidents.

Environment Canada meteorologist Gary Dickinson said Highway 5 between Hope and Merritt received a whopping 42 cm of snow between Saturday and Sunday morning.

"Freezing levels were around 1,200 metres so the peaks were getting the brunt of the snowfall," he said.

Rogers Pass and Kootenay Pass received 15 cm of snow, while 14 cm fell at Allison Pass.

The icy and hazardous conditions prompted B.C.'s Ministry of Transportation to issue a highway travel advisory on the Coquihalla at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The advisory was lifted at around 1 a.m.

Snowflake Cold

Heavy snowfall leads to closure of Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Kashmir - 4,500 vehicles stranded by up to 3 feet of snow

Srinagar: Vehicles remain stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu highway
Srinagar: Vehicles remain stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu highway after it was closed for traffic due to heavy snowfall in the Banihal sector in the Ramban district of the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Jan 4, 2021.
Kashmir was cut off from rest of the country on Monday as the arterial Jammu-Srinagar national highway and Mughal road were closed due to snowfall across the valley, leaving nearly 4500 vehicles stranded.

"The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is closed due to accumulation of snow at many places, especially around Jawahar Tunnel," an official of the traffic control department said.

He said snow clearance operations were in full swing and efforts were on to restore movement of stranded vehicles along the 260 kilometre road.

The official said nearly 4500 vehicles, mostly trucks carrying essentials to the valley, are stranded along the highway at various places.

Mughal Road, which connects the valley to Jammu division through Shopian-Rajouri axis, has been closed for several days due to heavy snowfall in the region.


56 inches of snow at Snoqualmie Pass, Washington in last week with more on the way

Just a little bit of snow up at Snoqualmie Pass. That’s a car buried under that mound of snow. 50” of snow and counting in the last week!

Just a little bit of snow up at Snoqualmie Pass. That’s a car buried under that mound of snow. 50” of snow and counting in the last week!
Over 4 feet of snow have fallen at Snoqualmie Pass in the past week, and drivers might be warily looking at the forecast that shows more is on the way for the first half of this week as Winter Storm Warnings remain in effect.

Weather spotters with the Washington State Department of Transportation measured 56.5 inches of snow had come down in the pass through Monday morning. For the entire season, the pass was at 190 inches as of Monday morning, and snowpack was running about 115% of normal in the central Cascades.

Stevens Pass wasn't too far behind at 53.5" since Tuesday evening and 219 inches for the year through Sunday morning.

The totals will continue to climb as more snow was falling Monday. A Winter Storm Warning remained in effect until midnight Tuesday morning for an additional 5-15 inches of new snow. Another storm Tuesday will add even more.


Man dies after attack by pet stag in County Cork, Ireland

Ger Withers passed away on Tuesday after being attacked by a stag

Ger Withers passed away on Tuesday after being attacked by a stag
A renowned huntsman died after being attacked and gored by a pet stag.

An investigation is now underway into the freak tragedy in north Cork which claimed the life of the married father of three.

The huntsman - named locally in Liscarroll as Gerard 'Ger' Withers (45) - suffered fatal injuries after he was apparently attacked by the pet stag on Tuesday afternoon.

The tragedy occurred at the Duhallow Hunt Kennels in north Cork where the stag had been raised and kept as a pet.


'Blood everywhere': Aggressive squirrels terrorizing, attacking NYC residents for weeks

Some people living in a Queens neighborhood are afraid to leave their homes. That's because there have been several aggressive squirrel attacks over the last few weeks, CBS 2 New York's Hazel Sanchez reported Tuesday.

Micheline Frederick is still bruised. Her bite wounds are healing after she was attacked by a squirrel one week ago. "You hear someone has been bitten by a squirrel, you're like 'Okay, you got a little nib, what's the deal?' But this was ... this was an MMA cage match! And I lost!" Frederick said.

She said the squirrel, totally unprovoked, went after her as she stood on the front stoop of her Rego Park home on 65th Drive. She shared graphic photos of the aftermath.


Boy killed by dogs at kennels in Ivanteevka, Russia

dog attack
A young boy in Russia has died in a vicious dog attack after his mother allegedly left him to go and drink vodka with a friend.

The boy's mother has been arrested by Russian police who they suspect abandoned him to see in the New Year on a drinking spree with a pal.

Reports say the unnamed mum-of-three had visited her friend who has a dog kennels in the town of Ivanteevka in the Moscow Oblast region on December 31.

Police have not publically named the mother and her child, but officers are referring to the boy only by his first name of Maxim.

A statement released by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation on the Moscow region said that the mother and the owner of the kennel had left the children to feed the dogs.


Snow-covered Mt. Etna sends clouds of smoke into the sky - 40 quakes in a few days

Mount Etna, Europe's largest volcano, sends clouds of smoke up to the sky amid a period of intensified volcanic activity. Over the last few days, around 40 earthquakes with a 3.8 magnitude rumbled the southern flank of the mountain.


Thousands without power in Nova Scotia after winter storm blasts Maritimes

Canada snow outlook
Thousands are without power after a winter storm brought up to 25 cm of snow to the province.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. there were approximately 20,500 Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity.

The website for Nova Scotia Power's listed 13,967 customers affected by 248 outages as of 1 p.m.

Cape Breton had the largest outages, with more than 9,000 customers without electricity in Sydney, N.S.

Estimated restoration times vary from Sunday afternoon to late evening.

Nova Scotia Power spokeswoman Andrea Anderson said the outages were caused by the region's first snowstorm of 2021, which blew across most of the province on Saturday and ended overnight.


Tropical Cyclone Imogen brings 105km/h winds to north-west Queensland

Tropical Cyclone Imogen
A satellite view of Tropical Cyclone Imogen over north-west Queensland and the Gulf of Carpentaria coast.
A tropical low has intensified overnight and formed Tropical Cyclone Imogen, which made landfall in north-west Queensland and brought 105km/h winds to the area.

However, the Bureau of Meteorology expects the category one cyclone to weaken and be downgraded to a tropical low again later on Monday. However, severe weather warnings remain in place.

Tropical Cyclone Imogen formed about 7pm on Sunday and crossed the Gulf of Carpentaria coast just to the north of Karumba, about 530 kilometres west of Cairns, about 9pm on Sunday.

It generated sustained winds near the centre of 75km/h with wind gusts up to 100km/h. A wind gust of 105km/h were recorded near Normanton on the southwestern flank of the cyclone.

Cloud Lightning

'Humongous cluster' of lightning strikes pings North Island, New Zealand - over 1600 in 2 hours

© MetService
More than 1600 lightning strikes have pinged the country in just two hours this afternoon - and MetService warns of many more to come as thunderstorms hit.

MetService recorded 1686 lightning strikes over two hours until 3pm today, including a "humongous cluster" near Dannevirke.

MetService meteorologist Tuporo Marsters expects more strikes this afternoon and evening.

"She's climbing. Most of them are right through the middle of the North Island, and the Canterbury region, close to Timaru, has had a bundle of sparks go off, and inland Dunedin."