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Cold Spring weather cancels official opening of snowed on Snowdon mountain in Wales

© Hefin Owen
The railway track is covered in snow and sections of paths are very slippery

Tourists and locals who had been waiting for the opening of Snowdon's summit this weekend will have to wait another week due to more heavy snow.

Despite workers' efforts to clear the railway track in time for the opening, the amount of snow which has fallen over the past days means the track, which goes from Llanberis to the summit, is covered in snow.

No facilities will open this weekend and they are hoping people will be able to access the peak of Snowdon from next Friday, May 6.

A spokesperson said on the Facebook group: "Due to the snow on the mountain, we have reluctantly had to cancel opening this weekend.

The Snowdon railway can't open because of snow
© Hefin Owen
The Snowdon railway can't open because of snow
"The railway have been working tirelessly to keep the track clear.


Snowfall causes May Day misery for UK travellers; 6 inches of snow falls at Leeds Bradford Airport

Sheep shelter against a dry stone wall in the Yorkshire Dales

Sheep shelter against a dry stone wall in the Yorkshire Dales
An unseasonal mix of snowfall and sleet has caused disruption to those making an early start to the May Day bank holiday weekend.

Flights were cancelled and delayed for passengers after six inches (15cm) of snow fell at Leeds Bradford Airport overnight, forcing the runway to close for part of Friday.

Motorists looking to take advantage of the three-day weekend have been advised by police to take extra caution following a spike of weather-related collisions in the north of England on Friday morning.

Forecasters have predicted further snow, sleet and hail as May approaches.

Commuters in northern England and southern Scotland awoke on Friday to yellow warnings of snow, while showers of rain and sleet are expected to hit lower levels.

Throughout the day the band of wintry weather carrying thundery downpours is due to move towards the south and east, with occasional sunny spells accompanied by a stiff breeze.

 Two men push a car up a hill in Great Horton, Bradford, following heavy snow falls this morning.
© Guzelian
Two men push a car up a hill in Great Horton, Bradford, following heavy snow falls this morning.

Snowflake Cold

Weather chaos as Austria is hit by unseasonal heavy snowfall

Ischgl, Austria

Ischgl, Austria
Tens of thousands of homes in Austria were left without electricity and some residents had to be evacuated after areas of the country were hit by unseasonal heavy snowfall.

On Wednesday 15,000 homes in Carinthia and 6,500 in Styria lost electricity due to the weather and the whole of the country was affected by road blocks.

There are also concerns among the agricultural businesses that fruit and vegetable crops could be lost in the millions due to frost.

Experts warn the coldest day is yet to come, however, with temperatures expected to be as low as -10 degrees in some areas on Thursday - just days before the outdoor swimming pools are due to open for the summer season.

Snowflake Cold

Winter weather returns to Iceland with a vengeance

Snow in Iceland
© Rax / Ragn­ar Ax­els­son
Winter struck Iceland again with a vengeance last night, as heavy snow hit parts of the north-east.

Police and rescue services were called out several times during the night to assist with vehicles mired in snow on impassable roads. The national ring road was closed near Mývatn.

Temperatures dropped well below freezing in the northern town of Akureyri and conditions this morning there are described as wintry.

You can check out the status of road conditions in real time on the website of the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration here. Iceland Monitor also has a weather forecast section available for readers here.

Snowflake Cold

Thousands without electricity as April snowfall strikes Slovenia

Ljubljana on Thursday
© Tanjug
Ljubljana on Thursday
Heavy snowfall has left about 10,000 households in the area of Slovenia's towns of Ljubljana, Dravograd, and Maribor without electricity.

The snow is also causing more traffic accidents, and has brought with it the threat of avalanches in some areas.

Snow continued to fall on Thursday in some parts of the country, while forecasters said that while precipitation would stop, low temperatures would persist for some time.

Most of Slovenia is currently under 25 centimeters of snow - 40 in mountain areas. Croatian news agency Hina said the snow broke branches on trees overnight, causing further trouble for drivers in some areas.

While authorities are warning against traveling to the mountains out of fear of avalanches, several ski resort said they expect an influx of guests over the coming weekend.

Source: Tanjug


Late April snowstorm hits Bosnia

snow in Spring
A late April snowstorm took Bosnia by surprise on Monday, especially as it followed a week of beautiful, balmy weather. (April 25)


South Florida corals dying from 'unprecedented' bleaching and disease

Florida coral bleaching
© Sun Sentinel
South Florida's corals are turning white and contracting fatal diseases in what's being called an unprecedented die-off across the region's reefs.

Off Hollywood, scientists witnessed the collapse of a minivan-sized coral colony that had started growing more than three centuries ago, when the Spanish ruled the peninsula. As recently as September, live coral tissue covered 90 percent of the colony's surface, making it among the oldest living things in the state. By December it was almost completely dead, said Brian Walker, a Nova Southeastern University research scientist, who found widespread mortality in corals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

"We saw a variety of diseases across the different corals," he said. "Some of the disease was recently active and had killed off a significant portion of the colony. It's wiped out entire species from parts of the reef. They're usually bleached white. You can see areas of just bare skeleton."

Comment: 93% of Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffering from coral bleaching

Cloud Precipitation

One massive storm, extreme weather in the U.S.

One massive storm system. Several different extreme weather results.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration water vapor loop
© Via College of Dupage
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration water vapor loop.
A massive low-pressure center swirls over Denver. The effects of the giant comma-shaped storm stretch from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

Welcome light rains in Minnesota. Record April heat in Seattle. Prolific snow totals in Colorado's high country. Torrential downpours and flash floods along the tail end of the troubled front in Houston.
More than 1000 water rescues today as torrential rains of 8"-16" inundated the Houston area https://t.co/WhVfcD9O7opic.twitter.com/hzh8lETrRd
— Weather Underground (@wunderground) April 18, 2016
When you get 15 inches of rain, there's just nowhere for the water to go. Cue the weather drones.
An #eyewitness news viewer sent us this drone video of flooding in Morton Ranch https://t.co/x6CS4vdJ54https://t.co/ThNOco3IRJ
— Houston News (@abc13houston) April 19, 2016
Houston flooding
© Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP
Rainfall totals between 10 and 17 inches are common across the Houston area with this storm. The heaviest totals of 15 inches-plus focused in the western suburbs.
17.6" of rain in parts of Houston metro today. More totals across SE Texas here: https://t.co/h0N3JXLFsI#houwx pic.twitter.com/7jK2XOKTuI
— NWSHouston (@NWSHouston) April 18, 2016

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Death toll rises to 79 in Odisha, India as scorching heat wave continues

Heat wave in India
Death toll due to sunstroke and heatwave rises to 79 as Odisha continued to reel under scorching heat wave with temperature above 46 degree Celsius reported in several places.

Western Odisha town Titilagarh sizzled at highest 48 degree Celsius, country's highest temperature in 20 years in month of April, while Talcher was the second hottest at 46.8 degree Celsius.

Titlagarh, which recorded 47.5 degree Celsius on Friday, witnessed the mercury rising further on Saturday in the western Odisha town.

With 18 towns in the state recorded temperature above 40 degree Celsius, the suspected death toll due to sunstroke rises to 79.

As an unwavering heat wave sweeping, the government on Saturday announced ex-gratia compensation of 50 thousand rupees for each death caused by sun stroke.

The special relief commissioner's office on Saturday said to meet the drinking water scarcity need, more than one thousand tankers have been pressed into water supply service while 745 teams were engaged in repair of tube wells.

The regional Met department said the heat wave condition would prevail in several parts of the state till tomorrow and also warned interior and western parts will continue to face crippling heat conditions in next two days

Comment: Recent data indicates an increase in the frequency, intensity and duration of heat waves in India in recent years. Last year alone, heat wave killed at least 2,500 people - a 50 per cent increase compared to 2014.


Brutal heat wave kills over 100 in India with temperatures over 115 degrees (46°C)

India heatwave
© Sipa via AP Images
A man drinks water to cool off during a hot day as temperatures soared above 110 degrees on April 10, 2016 in Allahabad, India.
Dozens of deaths have been reported in India as temperatures soared to 115 degrees (46°C) in recent days.

The intense heat has come earlier and is more widespread than normal, according to BBC.com. Triple-digit temperatures have been reported all over the country's southern states as west winds prevail in areas like Bhubaneswar and Kolkata, preventing sea breezes from relieving coastal cities from stifling heat along the Bay of Bengal, the report added.

The heat wave was responsible for at least 111 deaths through Saturday in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Xinhua reported. A year ago, a heat wave killed some 2,300 people in those two states, Time.com said.