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This is what more than 6 feet of fresh snow looks like at a Tahoe ski resort

Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort near South Lake Tahoe.

Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort near South Lake Tahoe.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski resort got more than six feet of snow over the course of the weekend's snowstorm.


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Snowstorm batters northern Japan

Heavy snowfall at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido
© Reuters
Heavy snowfall at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido
A massive winter storm has pounded Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on Tuesday with authorities warning of high waves, blizzard conditions and traffic disruption.

Hokkaido Railway Company on Tuesday decided to cancel more than 100 train services on the island following the cancellation of 102 a day earlier.

Some traffic accidents took place on Monday as a low pressure system brought heavy snow and blizzard conditions to the island, according to daily newspaper Hokkaido Shimbun.

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Sierra blizzard drops so much snow that some ski resorts close - 9 feet at June Mountain, California

Heavy snow at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort
© Peter Morning / Mammoth Mountain
Heavy snow at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort on Monday. Several ski resorts closed operations because of blizzard conditions.
Several ski resorts in the Eastern Sierra and Tahoe closed part or all operations Monday because of a blizzard that dropped as much as 9 feet of snow in the biggest storm system so far this season.

Blizzard conditions with winds up to 50 mph are forecast in both areas through Monday, bringing up to 3 more feet of snow Monday evening and into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Ski operations at June Mountain in June Lake closed, as did most runs and the Main Lodge at Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes. "We had so much snow it takes a while to safely open the mountain," spokesman Tim LeRoy said Monday.

Mammoth received almost 7 feet of snow and was expecting another 2.5 feet by Tuesday night. June Mountain already had received 9 feet of snow from the current storm.


Comment: Meanwhile at lower elevations and along the coastal districts of the same state: Unrelenting rain causes floods, mudslides and evacuations in Southern California.


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Chaos in Czech Republic amid heavy snowfall and blackouts

Lots of fresh snow in Mrchojedy, Domažlice, Czech Republic (460 m ASL) on Feb 3rd
© Rudolf Málek
Lots of fresh snow in Mrchojedy, Domažlice, Czech Republic (460 m ASL) on Feb 3rd
Heavy snow has caused major disruption in the Czech Republic, leaving approximately 30,000 homes without power.

Up to 20cm of fresh snow was reported in some locations, forcing highways to close and disrupting flights into and out of Vaclav Havel, Prague's international airport. A number of flights had to be diverted to other airports.

Strong winds accompanied the snow, with a gust of 145 kilometres per hour reported in Pribyslav, about 120km southeast of the capital, Prague.

The storm pulled down numerous trees, which resulted in the closure of roads and train lines.


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Ice Age Farmer Report: Most amazing aspect of the "Polar Vortex"

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Christian shares absolutely the most amazing aspect of this past week's Polar Vortex.

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Fierce wind rocks gondolas at ski resort in the French Pyrenees

Fierce Wind Rocks Gondolas
High winds blew snow across the slopes and caused gondolas carrying skiers to sway at the Les Angles ski resort in southern France on Saturday, February 2.

Video taken from a ski lift on the mountain shows a gondola swinging wildly in the wind. A second clip captures the effects of the wind on the slopes themselves, showing snow blowing across the trails.

Fierce wind and snow storms have impacted other ski areas in the Pyrenees, prompting closures, according to weather reports.



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Weather service: 'Life threatening situation' at Lake Tahoe - blizzard warning in effect

The view from South Shore on Monday morning.

The view from South Shore on Monday morning.
Snow is stacking up and officials are urging people to remain indoors as a winter storm continues to hammer the Lake Tahoe region.

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a blizzard warning until 10 p.m. Monday. Winds could be as strong as 50 mph, with gusts over Sierra ridges expected to exceed 100 mph.

Heavy snow is in the forecast through the day into Monday evening.

Officials are urging people to avoid travel and stay inside.

"This is a life threatening situation," the weather service reports. "Do not attempt to travel. Road crews and first responders may not be able to rescue you. Stay indoors until the snow and wind subside. Even a short walk could be deadly if you become disoriented."


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Ten people killed as series of avalanches hit the Alps

Rescue workers in Courmayeur
© ITALIAN ALPINE RESCUE
Rescue workers in Courmayeur
Ten people were killed in a series of avalanches in the Alps over the weekend, emergency services and media reported.

The heaviest toll was in Italy's northwestern Aosta Valley, with five people killed and one missing from three different avalanches.

A search was launched above the resort of Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley for two French and two British nationals who failed to return to their hotel after skiing off-piste.

The search was abandoned overnight last night and three bodies were found on this morning.


Comment: An avalanche also claimed a life in Romania's Calimani Mountains over the same weekend.


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Heatwave envelopes southeastern Brazil

Brazil heatwave
© CGTN America
Extreme heat has been affecting Australia and now southeastern Brazil. Temperatures have spiked above 40-degrees Celsius (104 F). In Rio de Janeiro, special measures are in place to help keep people and animals cool during the hottest summer in almost a century.

CGTN's Lucrecia Franco is monitoring the mercury.


Comment: In the states of Espirito Santo and Bahia the normally sturdy robusta beans - used in instant coffee and espresso - are roasting even before being picked amid unrelenting heat according to reports.

Elsewhere in South America hundreds of cows have fallen dead in Argentina and Uruguay from heat stress.


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Lake Tahoe ski resorts report up to 34 inches of fresh snow - more in the forecast

The view from Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe Sunday morning.

The view from Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe Sunday morning.
The first two days of a winter storm have delivered more than 2 feet of snow to some Lake Tahoe ski resorts, and more is on the way.

Here are some snow totals from ski resorts on Lake Tahoe's South Shore and the Inline Village area as of Sunday morning:

Kirkwood Mountain Resort reports 28 inches in 24 hours and 34 inches in 48 hours.

Sierra-at-Tahoe reports a 24-hour total of 19 inches at its base and 28 inches at its summit, and a storm total of 32 inches at its summit.