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Tens of thousands of Iranians left without gas amid snow and freezing conditions

Pigeons forage for something to eat in the snow at Tajrish Square in Tehran.
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Pigeons forage for something to eat in the snow at Tajrish Square in Tehran.
Tens of thousands of Iranians were left without gas to heat their homes at the weekend as unusually cold weather swept across the country, the state broadcaster reported.

Gas deliveries were cut to about 90,000 residential users in the north-eastern Razavi Khorasan province by Saturday night, Governor Yaghoub-Ali Nazari said on national television.

Supplies were also disrupted in at least four other northern provinces and several districts at the tail end of the national gas pipeline network near the country's eastern borders, according to reports by state TV.

President Ebrahim Raisi paid an unannounced visit on Sunday to the national gas company and was briefed on the supply situation.

Mr Raisi told employees at the National Iranian Gas Company that the closure of offices and organisations was not a suitable solution in addressing the shortage.


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Over 7.5 feet of snow in a week from California storm falls at UC lab in the Sierra

A snow blower attempts to clear the roadway on Interstate 80 near Kingvale on Jan. 15, 2022.
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A snow blower attempts to clear the roadway on Interstate 80 near Kingvale on Jan. 15, 2022.
Researchers at the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab near Donner Pass said they recorded 21.5 inches of snow between Saturday and Sunday morning as a winter storm warning remains in effect until 10 p.m. Monday for the Sierra Nevada and Tahoe Basin.

"We are now 204% of average precipitation to this point in the water year (Oct 1 to Sept 30) and we have 92% of our average peak seasonal #Snow Water Equivalent (SWE)," the lab tweeted Sunday, noting the snow water equivalent refers to the amount of water that can be collected by melting the snowpack.

At least 7.5 feet of snow has fallen at the lab in the last week. Caltrans said about one inch an hour had fallen over Donner Summit from Friday through Sunday alone.

"It's still coming down hard out there!" the lab tweeted earlier on Saturday. "The snowpack is DEEP with ~10 feet (3 meters) of snow already on the ground!"


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British woman dies after avalanche in French Alps

The Argentière Glacier in the French Alps, one of the Mont Blanc range’s biggest glaciers.
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The Argentière Glacier in the French Alps, one of the Mont Blanc range’s biggest glaciers.
A British woman has died after getting caught in an avalanche as she was hiking with two other people on the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps, rescue services have said.

The accident happened on Saturday on the Argentière Glacier, one of the Mont Blanc mountain range's biggest glaciers.

Mont Blanc, western Europe's highest mountain at 4,800 metres (nearly 16,000ft), attracts 20,000 hikers and skiers every year.

The 45-year-old woman and her partner were hiking with a mountain guide when an avalanche buried her at about 5.30pm on Saturday, according to Le Figaro.

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Many US ski resorts already surpassed their peak total snowpack for last season

Mammoth Mountain, CA, has the most recorded snowfall out of any ski area on Earth right now.
© Patrick Griley/Mammoth Lakes Tourism
Mammoth Mountain, CA, has the most recorded snowfall out of any ski area on Earth right now.
The top three resorts in this list have the most recorded snowfall in the world. Let that sit for a second.

Many of the resorts on this list have already surpassed their peak total snowpack for last season and it's only mid-January. Where will the rest of the winter take us? Could it be a record-breaking year? Time will tell but for now you can revel at these massive snowfall numbers and pinch yourself that there's still an entire half of a season left to go.

Open ski resorts with the most snowfall this season to date...

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Motorist drives between walls of snow in Soda Springs, California

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Californians navigated piles of snow in Nevada County on Thursday, January 12, as the National Weather Service (NWS) warned more precipitation was on the way.

Jenelle Potvin said she recorded this footage in a residential area of Soda Springs on Thursday night as she brought a friend home.

The University of California Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab said more than 6 feet of snow had accumulated in Soda Springs since January 4.

The region was warned to expect heavy snow through the weekend and into Monday. NWS forecasts predicted that another six feet of snow could accumulate during the storm. Credit: Jenelle Potvin via Storyful


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Heavy snowfall in South Korea - 22 inches in 24 hours

A car stopped near Misiryeong Tunnel near Sokcho, Gangwon Province, is covered with snow, Sunday.
© Yonhap
A car stopped near Misiryeong Tunnel near Sokcho, Gangwon Province, is covered with snow, Sunday.
Over 100 traffic accidents have been reported amid heavy snowfall in South Korea's Gangwon province on Sunday, officials said.

Many parts of Gangwon province had heavy snow from Saturday to Sunday, including 55.9 centimeters of snowfall in the Misiryeong mountain ridge and 52.3 cm of snow in the Hyangrobong hill, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Heavy snow blanketed a section of highway in the coastal county of Goseong around noon, stranding about 10 vehicles in the area.


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Truckee-Tahoe ski resorts report another 2 feet of snow (in 24 hours) with much more on way - Nevada County declares emergency

Snow drifts at Palisades Tahoe in Olympic Valley in the early morning hours Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.
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Snow drifts at Palisades Tahoe in Olympic Valley in the early morning hours Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.
The latest snowstorm to hit the Truckee-Tahoe region dropped about 2 feet of snow in the last 24 hours which led to an emergency declaration and the closure of highways and schools on Tuesday and much more snow may be on the way.

Tahoe ski resorts are reporting up to 2 feet of snow, some a little more, some a little less, and the National Weather Service in Reno has a winter weather advisory in place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday for more accumulation, including 2 to 5 inches at lake level and 5 to 10 inches above 7,000 feet. The evening work commute may be impacted. Strong winds are expected to gust as high as 70 mph which the service said could lead to extensive tree damage.

According to the Tahoe Snow app, Heavenly Mountain Resort has received 26 inches of snow in the past 24 hours with Palisades Tahoe reporting 21 inches, Kirkwood Mountain Resort 19, Sierra-at-Tahoe 16 and Northstar California reported the most at 27 inches.


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Skier killed in avalanche on mountain near Las Vegas, Nevada

Mount Charleston, NV.
© Quincy Koetz
Mount Charleston, NV.
A man skiing in the backcountry in the Mount Charleston area near Las Vegas died Monday in an avalanche, local law enforcement authorities announced Tuesday.

The skier, identified as Las Vegas resident Punan Zhou, was swept about 500 feet (152 meters) down Mummy Mountain before friends found him using a location-tracking device, said Sgt. Matt Marlow of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's search and rescue team.

Authorities on Monday initially described the man as an injured hiker.


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Mammoth Mountain ski resort in California closed due to too much snow - 13 FEET in just 9 DAYS since start of year

DEEP!
© Patrick Griley/Mammoth Lakes Tourism
DEEP!
Thanks to continued snowfall, Mammoth Mountain, CA, has reported 40 - 54 inches from this current storm with an expected snow accumulation of 22 -28 inches today.

Mammoth Mountain has surpassed last year's season snowfall total and, with 419″ of fresh snow at the summit, is now officially the snowiest ski area on Earth. 310 inches have dropped at the Main Lodge, including 13 feet since January 1. The resort also has the deepest base in the country.

Mammoth has been closed today due to the intense snowfall conditions and very dangerous travel in the area. Roads have been heavily impacted and are not plowed. The resort will focus on avalanche mitigation work today and protecting our equipment. They plan to reopen tomorrow, January 11.


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Harsh winter weather sweeps across Central Asia - Temperatures in Kazakhstan are slipping to below -30 degrees Celsius

Utility workers in Almaty, Kazakhstan, clearing away snow on the street last week.
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Utility workers in Almaty, Kazakhstan, clearing away snow on the street last week.
The harshest phase of winter has descended with a snowy thud across all of Central Asia.

In Kazakhstan, highways are blocked. In Tajikistan, schools have been shuttered. Officials in Kyrgyzstan are pleading with apartment-dwellers to close windows to basements to avoid water pipes freezing. Trees and electricity pylons in Uzbekistan are crashing to the ground under the weight of snow.

Whole swathes of Turkmenistan, typically the warmest country in the region, are blanketed in white.

The movement on highways in Kazakhstan is so bad that Uzbek officials have even warned their own motorists against going there until the weather eases.