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Heavy snowfall hits northwest China county, causing losses

A car is covered by snow in Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture, northwest China's Gansu Province, Oct. 9, 2017
A heavy snow hit Jingtai County in northwest China's Gansu Province on Sunday and Monday, disrupting life and causing losses to farmers.

The temperature plummet by up to 10 degrees Celsius as accumulated snow reached 25 centimeters. The snow left broken tree branches on roads and disrupted the traffic. "The sudden snow brought us much inconvenience. It covered many vehicles and makes it inconvenient for us to go out," said Zhang Yuanfang, a local resident.

The snow also left ice on several provincial highway sections as the fast-falling temperature brought dense fog that reduced visibility to less than 50 meters. It also caused huge economic losses to local farmers. One farm suffered loss of over one million yuan after more than 200 sheep were buried under the shed amid the snow.

Comment: See also: Early snow sighted in the mountains of China


Saturday snowstorm dumps over 7 inches of snow on Idaho Falls, Idaho; multiple power outages reported

© Chris Berry
A snowstorm dumped over seven inches of snow on the Idaho Fall area Saturday morning and temporarily shut down Interstate 15 in Pocatello.

Idaho State Police reported around 9:40 a.m. that multiple wrecks on Interstate 15 between mile markers 67 and 69 in Pocatello were blocking the freeway. Motorists were advised to use alternate routes until the interstate reopened about 30 minutes later.

The snow could continue falling throughout East Idaho well into Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service reported.

Multiple snow-related wrecks occurred Saturday morning in East Idaho, with Interstate 15 and Interstate 86 experiencing the most crashes. It's believed some of the crashes resulted in injuries but additional details are not yet available. Motorists should use caution while driving and expect delays, especially on the interstates.

The large amount of snow that fell in the Idaho Falls area resulted in multiple power outages there.


Mt Hutt ski season in New Zealand ending with four times the snow it had last year

The Canterbury ski area has been voted the best in the country at the World Ski Awards for the past two years.
New Zealand's top ski resort is coming to the end of its season this weekend, with over four times the snow base it closed with last year.

Mt Hutt has almost 3.5 metres of snow.

The Canterbury ski area has been voted the best in the country at the World Ski Awards for the past two years.

Manager James McKenzie said this time last year the snow was disappearing fast, and the field only just made it to closing day.

But it's a different story this year.


Over 2 feet of snow falls at Mount Hood, Oregon

Early season snow at Government Camp on Mount Hood, October 12, 2017
With a white Mount Hood barely a distant winter memory - and even with a wildfire roaring north of the mountain just a few weeks ago - more than 2 feet of snow have fallen at Timberline Lodge since Wednesday.

The early-season dump prompted the Timberline Ski Area to open a lift Friday with plans to operate two Saturday and Sunday.

Conditions that allowed the preseason opening, however, are expected to vanish by Tuesday, the National Weather Service said. Timberline officials urged skiers and snowboarders to check the early-season conditions before heading to the mountain on Saturday and Sunday.

A low-pressure area that dropped from the south over Mount Hood combined with "a fair amount of moisture from the Pacific produced an early-season snow event," said meteorologist Jon Bonk of the weather service.


Storm dumps 12 inches of snow in 24 hours at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

© Craig Hill
Mount Rainier
The road to Paradise from Longmire at Mount Rainier National Park opened late Friday morning after the area received a foot of snow in 24 hours, the park announced on Twitter.

The Stevens Canyon Road remains closed. The park's roads condition hotline, last updated at 7:15 a.m., states that the road to Sunrise is closed.

Weather forecasts call for sunny weather over the weekend.


Ice Age Cometh: It's snowing on ski slopes all over the world

It's currently snowing on ski slopes all over the world.

Ski areas in the Alps have reported up to 20cm of fresh snow in the past 24 hours - around 15 glacier ski areas are already open and have great conditions.


The state of ice and snow in Northern Hemisphere 2017

© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
With the media continually talking about global warming and melting ice, I thought I would take a minute to show you up to date statistics of Greenland Ice Growth, the way NSIDC change the visuals on ice metrics, the amount of new Arctic ice and the amount of snow cover across the N. Hemisphere. You will question what you see in the mainstream media after this video.


Heavy blanket of spring snow covers parts of Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

© Andy Vermeulen
Some parts of the country are experiencing extreme weather conditions and the Eastern Cape is one of them with snow blackets falling over on Tuesday.
A heavy blanket of snow has fallen across some parts of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

Several snow-seekers tried to reach the top of Sani Pass on the border with Lesotho, but inclement weather forced them to turn back.

"This is the end of the road for us today unfortunately. We're not going to make the top of the pass. We put the snow chains on and even that's not enough, the snow's too thick, the gradient is too high," said Rob Ansell, Snow Report SA.

"The snow is coming down quite heavily it's just impossible for us. It's not worth the risk when lives are at stake so guys be safe and keep warm," he said.


Early snow sighted in the mountains of China

© Xinhua/Chen Yonggang
Aerial photo taken on Oct. 10, 2017 shows snow scenery in Qinglanshan Township of Dingxi City, northwest China's Gansu
It snowed in some mountainous areas of suburban Beijing Tuesday morning, Beijing meteorological authorities said.

Zhou Huanyu, who works for the Government of Qingshui Township, Mentougou District, said that Lingshan Mountain, the highest mountain (2,300-plus meters) in Beijing, received snowfall starting at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Temperatures in the area dropped to 3 degrees Celsius at noon, while snow covered the grass and forests on the mountain.

Meanwhile, mountains in Yanqing District and Fangshan District also saw snow early Tuesday morning.
An automatic meteorological observation station in Xiaohaituo Mountain, where the 2022 Winter Olympics will be held, indicated the depth of snow reached six centimeters.


First weekend of October brings heavy snowfall to Romania's mountains; nearly 32 inches recorded

Those living or visiting mountain areas last weekend had first seats to a preview of the upcoming winter season. It snowed heavily in the mountains, with the layer of snow reaching some 80 cm at Omu Peak in Bucegi Mountains on Sunday morning.

The snowfall also covered Romania's beautiful high altitude roads Transfagarasan and Transalpina, at over 2,000 meters. Moreover, due to the bad weather alerts issued last Friday, the roads company CNAIR decided to close the segment between Ranca and Obarsia Lotrului on Transalpina.

The Transfagarasan is officially open until October 31 but the authorities advise tourists not to take this road in the following days as the snow reaches 1 meter on some segments. They are currently working on removing the snow.

În urma căderilor de zăpadă din ultimele 24 ore, stratul de zăpadă pe Transfăgărăşan, la altitudini pezte 1600m atinge...
Posted by Toma Cristian on Monday, 9 October 2017

Comment: It's also important to note that the first snow of the coming winter season for this country fell 2 months ago, see: August snowfall hits the mountains of northern Romania