The Weather Channel
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 05:15 UTC
The North Pole's high-altitude air has suddenly warmed up and is set to shunt cold low-level Arctic air south to Scotland. However, the whole of the UK is set for a bitter spell of freezing temperatures.
The event, known as a Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) usually chills Scotland for two weeks or longer and sees widespread snow. It has not occurred for four years, official records show. The warning points to the Arctic phenomenon in its February to April forecast being briefed to the Cabinet Office, transport bosses, councils and emergency services.
An SSW often allows cold air to flood Britain from the east and is forecasting "colder and drier conditions" from the end of the week for up to three weeks, lasting into March. The last SSW event to hit Scotland was in early 2013, which saw the coldest March for 51 years, with snow and -12.5C lows as late as March 31 in Braemar, Aberdeenshire.
The Weather Network
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:12 UTC
The storm caused tens of thousands of outages over the weekend peaking at 128,000, though fewer than 2,000 remain Monday morning. Some mountain highways remain closed including, Highway 3 in both directions at the B.C./Alberta border due to low visibility. The Alex Fraser Bridge was also closed for a short period of time Sunday afternoon due to poor weather.
Around 43 cm of snow has fallen in Powell River, with an astonishing 77 cm recorded in Chilliwack. It's estimated both communities have received their yearly snowfall average in 72 hours.
Many schools in the Fraser Valley have closed their doors Monday including, the University of the Fraser Valley due to deteriorating road conditions. Langley, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Hope, Mission and Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school districts are closed.
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:10 UTC
The avalanches struck after three days of heavy snow, which has destroyed scores of homes and blocked roads mainly in central and northeastern provinces, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach the stricken villages.
The bulk of the deaths however occurred in remote Nuristan province, where at least 50 people were killed in a single village, Mohammad Omar Mohammadi, a spokesperson for the ministry of natural disaster told AFP.
"Avalanches have buried two entire villages in Bargmatal district, 50 bodies were recovered from one village while rescuers are trying to reach the other village," said the spokesperson.
Elsewhere 54 people were killed in northern and central Afghan provinces, where officials said massive avalanches destroyed 168 houses and killed hundreds of cattle.
Bad weather and deep snow had hampered efforts of rescue workers to reach the isolated villages, raising fears the toll could rise sharply, according to officials.
Sat, 04 Feb 2017 17:23 UTC
The Express Tribune
Sun, 05 Feb 2017 12:19 UTC
According to administration officials, three houses were completely buried in the snow and 19 others were affected in Karimabad Valley. Most of the families have been evacuated.
The district administration official told The Express Tribune that Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) had called for helicopter services from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) as the area remained inaccessible due to heavy snow in the last 48 hours.
Sun, 05 Feb 2017 08:53 UTC
Over 40 people have been confirmed dead on Sunday as snowstorms wreak havoc on various parts of Afghanistan, prompting the government to declare Sunday a public holiday.
The unprecedented snow in a decade has led to the closure of main highways leaving many people stranded, out of power and other supplies.
Sat, 04 Feb 2017 07:57 UTC
One person was injured in the blaze following the crane collapse on Dubai's busy Sheikh Zayed Road, according to officials cited by AFP.
Three vehicles were also destroyed in the fire.
Freak weather in Spain leaves devastated salad crops and leads to rationing of vegetables in UK supermarkets
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:49 UTC
Shops are rationing greens after snow and storms in the Mediterranean have caused shortages which will last until April.
Stunning pictures from Murcia in southern Spain capture the scale of the problem as whole fields of broccoli and lettuce lie buried in snow.
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:09 UTC
It's not a sexy record, but it's a significant one. As of Friday morning, the city has had 16 days above 32 degrees, which is the longest span of time it's been above freezing in January since records began in D.C. in 1872.
January is supposed to be the coldest time of the year, but the weird-weather spell is yet another warm milestone for the capital, all of which have occurred since 2010.
So far, this January has an average temperature of 41.9 degrees, which is the second-warmest January since 2000 and the 12th-warmest overall.