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Edmonton pauses non-essential snow and ice-clearing work due to extreme cold as Environment Canada issue warning for Alberta

The City of Edmonton announced Monday that, due to the extreme cold temperatures, it would be pausing "non-essential snow and ice-clearing work, including Phase 2 residential areas."

In a news release, the city said: "the current temperatures present a significant risk to employees, equipment and contracted equipment.

"Temperatures will be monitored and operations will resume when it is safe to do so."

The city said crews would continue to respond to "safety-sensitive notifications" and address "emergent and priority issues."


Record snowfall hits Japan - up to 28 inches in 24 hours

Record Snowfall Blankets Parts of Western Japan

Record snowfall blankets parts of western Japan
A powerful cold air mass has brought heavy snow on the Sea of Japan coast from the country's north to west, with some cities in northern parts of western Japan's Kansai region logging record snowfalls and transportation systems disrupted, local media reported on Monday.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, 68 centimeters of snow fell in Hikone city, Shiga Prefecture and 71 centimeters (cm) accumulated in Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture in a 24-hour period through early Monday, both hitting record highs.

Due to the heavy snow, a car accident caused a traffic jam of about 20 vehicles at around 6:30 a.m. local time on the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway in Kyoto Prefecture, western Japan.

The road operator, West Nippon Expressway Co., closed both outbound and inbound lanes of the expressway until the snow was removed. The expressway was fully reopened past noon.

Comment: In addition just a day earlier: Heavy snow falls across wide areas facing Sea of Japan - up to 32 inches in 24 hours


Winter storm drops 18 inches of snow on parts of Minnesota

Traffic moves along a snow-covered State Highway 210 in Brainerd on Monday.
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Traffic moves along a snow-covered State Highway 210 in Brainerd on Monday.
Snow totals reached 18 inches in parts of Minnesota on Monday morning, as a winter storm continued to drop snow and freezing rain on the region.

The National Weather Service received a report of 18 inches of snow from a spotter near St. Mathias, south of Brainerd, as of 7 a.m. A spotter near Baxter reported 16 inches of snow.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported snow-covered roads across most of the state as of 10:45 a.m. Monday.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported it had responded to 189 crashes on state highways between noon Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday, along with 200 vehicles that slid off roadways and eight jackknifed semis.

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Western US states hit by record freeze and record-breaking snowfall

Severe weather brings record low temperatures in Seattle and huge snowfalls in California and Nevada

Severe weather sweeping parts of the US continues to bring record-breaking cold temperatures to the Pacific north-west and heavy snow to mountains in northern California and Nevada.

Emergency warming shelters were opened throughout Oregon and western Washington as temperatures plunged into the teens (below zero in centigrade) and forecasters said an Arctic blast would last for several days.

Sunday's snow showers blew into the Pacific north-west from the Gulf of Alaska, dumping up to six in (15 cm) across the Seattle area.

The National Weather Service said Seattle's low on Sunday was -6.7C (20F), breaking a mark set in 1948. Bellingham was -12.8C, which was three degrees colder than the previous record set in 1971.

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Cold wave hits South Korea with heavy snow

Workers clear snow on runway at Jeju
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Workers clear snow on runway at Jeju International Airport on Sunday.
Over the Christmas weekend, extreme cold with heavy snowfall hit large parts of Korea, with temperatures dropping to as low as minus 25.4 degrees Celsius in some regions and heavy snow leading to flight cancellations.

With the mercury beginning to fall from Saturday afternoon, the capital city's Sunday morning low reached minus 16 C, the coldest temperature in December in nearly 41 years. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Seoul in December was minus 16.2 C on Dec. 29, 1980.

The cold continued throughout the afternoon, with temperatures remaining under minus 7 C in the afternoon.

According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, cold wave alerts were issued in most regions in Korea over the weekend.


Heavy snow falls across wide areas facing Sea of Japan - up to 32 inches in 24 hours

Pedestrians trudge through deep snow
© Shuichi Doi
Pedestrians trudge through deep snow accumulating in central Aomori on Dec. 25.
Heavy snow was forecast over northern and western parts of the country facing the Sea of Japan on Dec. 26 and warnings were issued urging residents to be vigilant against snow storms, surging waves and the deep chill.

The bad weather is expected to continue until Dec. 28, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, citing a winter pressure pattern with a severe cold air mass spreading above the archipelago.

The agency also warned that low-lying areas on the Pacific side of Japan could experience heavy snow.

Over the 24-hour period through 2 p.m. on Dec. 26, Myoko in Niigata Prefecture recorded the largest single-day snowfall of 82 centimeters, followed by 72 cm in Daisen, Tottori Prefecture, and 69 cm in Minakami, Gunma Prefecture.


Arizona Snowbowl sees 22 inches of snow in 2 days

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Arizona Snowbowl saw lots of snowfall on Christmas 2021.

By afternoon on Christmas Day, nearly a foot of snow fell within the last 24 hours. In the last 48 hours, nearly two feet of snow fell.

More than half of the resort's trails have opened for the season, and the remaining lifts that haven't opened, are expected to be reopened on Dec. 25.

"We now have 63% of our trails open and 100% of our lifts are expected to open today," said officials with the resort.

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Colorado backcountry skier is killed after being buried by Christmas Eve avalanche

The area where the victim's body was later recovered by rescue crews from Jackson County and the Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol

The area where the victim's body was later recovered by rescue crews from Jackson County and the Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol
A Colorado backcountry skier died after he was buried alive in an avalanche on Christmas Eve.

On Friday an unidentified backcountry skier got caught in a 250-feet wide avalanche in Colorado on the northeast-facing slope on the South Diamond Peak near Cameron Pass around 2 pm, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said.

The victim's partner was able to find him with a transceiver and probe pole and dig him out of the snow, but by then it was already too late.

The victim's body was later recovered by rescue crews from Jackson County and the Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol.


City of Prince George in British Columbia records record-breaking 35cm of snow in 24 hours

A Heavy Snowfall Declaration has been declared by the City of Prince George after old man winter made the northern capital into a winter wonderland.

A record of thirty-five centimeters of snow has fallen in the last 24 hours.

In addition, Environment Canada's Prince George-Massey station recorded 15 centimeters yesterday (Tuesday), which is a new record for December 21st - the previous record was 11.4 centimeters set back in 1949.

When the city receives accumulated snowfall of 20cm or more in a 24-hour period, in cooperation with the Prince George RCMP, a Heavy Snowfall Declaration is issued.

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Two Russian servicemen killed by avalanche in South Ossetia

The site of the avalanche.
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The site of the avalanche.
Two others have been retrieved and hospitalized with medium-severity frostbites

One Russian serviceman was found dead and another died on the way to the hospital after they were hit by an avalanche in South Ossetia, the nation's government agencies said.

A total of five servicemen were hit by the avalanche, and one is still missing. Two others have been retrieved and hospitalized with medium-severity frostbites of the extremities, an Ossetian Health Ministry representative said.

The avalanche trapped a total of five servicemen who stood watch at a tunnel of the Transcaucasian Highway.