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August snowfall at ski hills in British Columbia

It was looking like a winter wonderland at Silver Star Tuesday morning.
© Silver Star Mountain Resort
It was looking like a winter wonderland at Silver Star Tuesday morning.
Yes, there was snow falling on the Coquihalla and some BC Interior ski hills, but that does not mean summer is over.

It does mean things are cooling down a lot.

From a record heat wave in June that lead to one of the worst fire seasons on record, a cold front has a brought a drastically different climate to the region.

Lisa Erven, Environment Canada meteorologist, said the cool temperatures on the last day of August resulted in flurries in certain areas including Silver Star, Whistler and parts of the Okanagan Connector, but as the day progressed, things warmed up and the snow disappeared.

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Early snowfall recorded in high mountains of Uttarakhand, India - a fortnight earlier than normal

This season's first snowfall has occurred on the hills of Badrinath. There has been a lot of snowfall here on Neelkanth and Nar Narayan mountain.

This season's first snowfall has occurred on the hills of Badrinath. There has been a lot of snowfall here on Neelkanth and Nar Narayan mountain.
Due to the rain in the hilly areas of Uttarakhand for the last few days, the cold has gradually started increasing in the mountains.

Along with this, snowfall has also started in the higher Himalayan regions.

The first snowfall of the season occurred on the peaks of Badrinath on Tuesday morning.

Until now, Nandashtami (September 13) was considered to be the beginning of winter.

But this year snowfall has started in the high Himalayan regions already a fortnight earlier.


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Ski areas open in September after August snowfall in the Alps

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Zugspitze
Only four glacier ski areas are currently open as we enter September, but there should be nearer a dozen operating by the end of the month.

Last year the autumn openings of glaciers happened ass usual after the first wave of the pandemic, and there were actually huge early snowfalls up high. However already-open ski resorts in Austria, France and Italy were forced to close from late October due to the second wave of the virus and although Austria re-opened in January, and Swiss and Scandinavian ski centres stayed open throughout, travel bans meant few people made it on to the slopes. Those who skied or boarded in September and October 2020 were therefore among the lucky few.

So far there have been several August snow dustings on glaciers in the Alps, the good news is the snowfall has been getting heavier in recent days.

Pictured top is snowfall at the Zugspitze Glacier, Germany's highest ski area, last weekend. It is hoping to open for its 21-22 season on November 18th after missing last season entirely.


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South Africans frolic in heavier than usual snowfall - up to 50cms

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South Africans frolick in the snow

DW's Adrian Kriesch drove just outside of Cape Town, an area that's currently seeing massive snow fall - much to the pleasure of both young and old.


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Sharp uptick in Arctic Sea ice: Extent on course to be the highest in 15 years

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Arctic Sea Ice Extent has been holding exceptionally well during the 2021 summer melt season.

Throughout August, higher volumes than usual have survived due to cold conditions and favorable wind patterns.

As a result, Arctic Sea Ice Extent is now the highest in 8 years,
and, if this year's trajectory continues for another week or two (which is expected), 2021 will achieve the 'healthiest' extent of the past 15 years (since 2006).

Only 2014, 2013, and 2009 remain in its way - though the gap is narrowing, fast:

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Rare snowfall in August blankets Chilean desert

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A rare snowfall surprised the residents of El Salvador, a small town located in the Chilean desert of Atacama.


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August snowfall hits province of southwest China

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Tourists on Wednesday enjoyed the mesmerizing views of this year's first snowfall at the Dagu Glacier scenic area in Heishui County, southwest China's Sichuan Province.

At 4,860 meters above sea level, visitors enjoyed the fresh air while taking in the views of white mountains glittering against the seamless sky.

Galitai in Songpan County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan also welcomed its first snow this year on Thursday, surprising residents.


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Severe storm blasts New South Wales, Australia - piling up snow one metre deep at Barrington

The cold front brought blizzard conditions to the Barrington overnight.

The cold front brought blizzard conditions to the Barrington overnight.
The rain yesterday brought plenty of snow to the Barrington last night with the strong westerly winds piling up one metre of snow in some places.

The conditions on the Barrington overnight were described as "blizzard like", with the strong winds causing many large trees to fall and residents are busy clearing roads from the damage.

There was an estimated 55 to 60mm of rainfall in the area and many local rivers have risen.

The snow began at approximately 2pm and fell throughout the night, but it is now melting and conditions are icy.

While lock down prevents people from visiting the Tops, it is unlikely the area would have been open due to the damage caused by the high winds.


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Routes cut and dozens stranded by heavy snowstorm in Neuquén, Argentina

The snow covered Caviahue and the temperature dropped to minus 20 degrees

The snow covered Caviahue and the temperature dropped to minus 20 degrees
The heavy snowfall that occurred in recent days in the Andean region began to cause complications. There were around 50 people stranded in the Bariloche bus terminal and the Municipality of Neuquén reported that the terminal of the capital city receives services from long-distance companies that left for the different areas of the province, but that they had to return because they did not can circulate.

For now, traffic on Route 237 was cut off due to the complicated situation in the Collón Cura area. This route connects Bariloche with Piedra del Águila and the cities of the Alto Valle.

In addition to route 237, the National Highway suspended traffic on routes 40 and 22 where the inconvenience to circulate due to accumulation of snow persists .


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August snow on Togwotee Pass, Wyoming

Togwotee Pass
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Togwotee Pass, Aug 22
It's 7:40 am on Sunday, August 22nd, and there is snow on Togwotee Pass. Not necessarily a surprise considering the cooler temps we've had recently.