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Spring storm brings late snow to South Island, New Zealand

A truck on the Blackmount-Redcliff Rd in
© Southland District Council
A truck on the Blackmount-Redcliff Rd in western Southland.
The wintry blast that brought snow to high country areas of the South Island overnight is set to sweep up the country with gales and heavy rain.

Snow fell in high country areas of Otago and Southland overnight, closing some roads.

MetService says snow fell down to 200m in Southland.

State Highway 94 between Te Anau and Milford which was closed from Hollyford Road because of snow, has reopened, but motorists are being warned to drive to the conditions.

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Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana closed after early storm dumps over a foot of snow

Glacier National Park webcam photo

Glacier National Park webcam photo
Time is running out for people to enjoy one last drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park this season.

But the most scenic route in Montana remains closed a week after parts of the Glacier National Park high country were slammed by a snowstorm.

The iconic road was closed as September turned into October, after an early, heavy snowfall blanketed the high country along the Continental Divide, leaving a foot of snow, or more, on the highest peaks.

It's not unusual for Going-to-the-Sun Road to be closed over Logan Pass by an early snow. But usually, a return of warm weather over a few days allows the park to re-open the road.


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Early season storm dumps 2 feet of snow at Brian Head Resort, Utah

Brian Head Resort

Brian Head Resort on October 7th.
It's been dumping since Saturday at Brian Head Resort and Mike Saemisch (AKA @LifeOfBrianHead) indicated this morning that there's a settled base of 20″.

The snow is massive, especially considering how early it is in the season for the southern Utah ski destination.

There's even been a local or two who've grabbed their first powder turns of the season!

Utah residents are hoping this is a sign of the El Nino to come after a lackluster winter delivered one of the weakest snowpacks in the state's 100 year weather history.


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First snow of the season at Wheeler Peak, New Mexico and Purgatory Resort, Colorado

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New Mexico and Colorado are getting a taste of winter.

The first snow of the season is here.

A picture from Purgatory Resort shows three inches on the ground, and the ski resort is hopeful they could have as much as 13 inches by Thursday.

New Mexico is getting a taste, too.

Monday morning, Red River Ski Area took a picture of the first snow on Wheeler Peak.


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Early Fall snow blankets Casper Mountain, Wyoming

Snow blankets Casper Mountain
© Dan Cepeda
Snow blankets Casper Mountain on Monday, Oct. 8.
Winter weather came to Natrona County on Monday, covering Casper Mountain with a blanket of fresh, heavy snow.

Accumulation on the lower elevations was minimal, but the National Weather Service in Riverton has issued a hazardous weather outlook through Wednesday as cold temperatures and snow flurries are expected.

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October storm turns 'America's Mountain' into America's Snow Globe

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It's a treat to have webcams placed on a 14,000 foot mountain where the weather is dramatic and very extreme.

An October storm crossing the central Rockies dropped moderate to heavy snow over the higher peaks of the Rocky Mountains on Monday, including the top of Pikes Peak.

Weather conditions late Monday morning on the summit included temperatures hovering just above 20 degrees with fog and snow and more powder is expected.


Comment: See also: From dusting to dumping: Early snowfall in the west of North America - up to 2 feet deep in parts


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Early cold snap and snow impacts crops in North Dakota

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The first week of October was a wintry one, and it seems the second week may be pretty similar.

That could have an impact on some crops that have yet to be harvested.

Agronomist at the NDSU research extension center, Eric Eriksmoen, said corn and sunflowers have a little bit more protection being higher off the ground.

Corn will flop down and the husks prevent moisture from entering the cob, but harvest could be delayed since they need warmer temperatures and more sunlight to dry up.

Sunflowers were able to freeze over early last week, but the moisture and lack of sunlight could also delay that harvest.


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Sea ice prevents crucial supply deliveries to isolated communities in Canada

The government of the Northwest Territories
© Mario Tama/Getty Images
The government of the Northwest Territories now plans to airlift nearly 600,000 litres of diesel fuel.
Paulatuk, Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay were unable to receive shipments of food, fuel and lumber

Authorities in Canada's Arctic north are scrambling to transport critical supplies to three isolated communities after the early arrival of sea ice prevented delivery barges from reaching in the region.

Paulatuk, Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay, which have a combined population of nearly 3,000 people, have been unable to receive shipments of food, fuel and lumber after ice moving from the high Arctic sealed off the Amundsen Gulf.

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October snow in Flagstaff, Arizona 'a bit unusual,' National Weather Service says

Snowfall on S.R. 87 near Long Valley in northern Arizona, Oct. 7, 2018.
© Arizona Department of Transportation
Snowfall on S.R. 87 near Long Valley in northern Arizona, Oct. 7, 2018.
We might be in the first week of October, but northern Arizona is already looking a lot like winter.

Residents in and around Flagstaff woke up to the first snowfall of the season, with the Arizona Snowbowl topping the list at about 6 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff.

"Flagstaff typically sees snowfall in the first couple weeks in November, so seeing snow this early is a bit unusual," said Megan Taylor, a meteorologist at the NWS in Flagstaff.

Other areas in northern Arizona also saw snow.


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Winter arrives a month early in Himachal Pradesh, India

Vehicles stranded at Bara-lacha la due to heavy snowfall, some 80 km away from Keylongin Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh

Vehicles stranded at Bara-lacha la due to heavy snowfall, some 80 km away from Keylongin Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh
With parts of upper Himachal receiving several spells of snowfall and high altitude lakes frozen completely, winter this year has arrived at least a month in advance.

Upper regions of Kullu, Kinnaur and Chamba districts and and the entire Lahaul valley have been covered in snow.

Rohtang pass, Baralacha pass, Kunzum pass and all major passes in these districts are covered with snow.

The peaks have witnessed frequent snowfall since early September.


Although peaks receiving snow in September is not new in Himachal, people have not seen such a heavy snowfall in the month.