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Flagstaff, Arizona expects foot of snow by Christmas morning

Flagstaff Winter storm warning
The National Weather Service says Flagstaff can expect the heaviest snowfall between 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday.

The winter storm warning includes nearly a foot of snow for Flagstaff starting around 11 a.m. and winds blowing 20 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 36 mph. To the east of Flagstaff along Interstate 40 to the New Mexico border, winds will blow 45 to 55 mph. Travel will be extremely hazardous in the afternoon and evening and should be avoided if possible.

Snow could fall down to 3,000 feet as temperatures plummet by evening before tapering off Christmas morning. Doney Park can expect 5 to 9 inches of snow, Williams 7 to 11.

The high temperature Sunday will be just 28 degrees in Flagstaff and the overnight low 8 degrees.

Areas above 8,000 feet could see up to 20 inches of snow, prompting the Coconino National Forest to close most forest roads for the winter. Check its website for full details.

Friday 5 p.m. update: Hazardous travel warning issued for Saturday in Flagstaff region

The National Weather Service is warning of hazardous travel conditions amid blowing, heavy snow across much of northern Arizona Saturday afternoon and evening.


Heaviest December snowfall for 50 years causes transport chaos in Hokkaido, Japan

Snow at airport
Nearly 100 airline flights, hundreds of trains cancelled

The heaviest December snowfall in Hokkaido in 50 years forced the cancellation on Saturday of nearly 100 airline flights and hundreds of trains, according to transport companies and authorities.

New Chitose Airport, a main gateway to the northernmost main island of Japan, struggled to bring business back to normal after around 6,000 people spent Friday night there due to the cancellation of more than 280 flights.

The number of people stranded overnight at the airport's passenger terminal was the most since its opening in 1992, airport operator Hokkaido Airport Terminal Co. said.
snow airport


Record snow falls in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia; 27 inches above normal

Snowfall in Krasnaya Polyana
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An unusually snowy start to the season.

As a rule, in the middle of December snow depth in Krasnaya Polyana rarely reaches 30 cm (12 inches).

This year, it had already recorded 99 cm (39 inches) by 12 December!


First snow of the season covers war-torn Aleppo as evacuations continue

Snow in Aleppo
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The first snow has settled on the smithereens of an Aleppo district as the last remaining militants depart the city they had inhabited for years.

The drone footage captured on Wednesday shows piles of rubble and partially destroyed houses covered with snow in the heavily-damaged Aleppo district of Seif Al-Dawla.

The district reportedly remains one of the last areas of the city to be partially controlled by militants. Syrian Arab Republic flags, however, can still be seen flying on a couple of ruined buildings.

Militants and civilians reportedly gathered to be evacuated.

Comment: There are also a countless numbers of road closures in Syria due to snow accumulation.

Snowflake Cold

Biting cold below minus 60C recorded in western Siberia

Such temperatures happen in eastern Siberia, but in the west they are more rare.
© Elina KadochnikovaSuch temperatures happen in eastern Siberia, but in the west they are more rare.
The freeze is so deep that horses - and even Rudolph - is brought indoors to warm up.

This is not a week when there was any evidence of global warming in western Siberia, with thermometers plunging to the minus 40s and minus 62 Celsius. Meteorologists say it may get colder still.

At Bolshoe Olkhovskoe oilfield there was a new record for the Khanti-Mansi region with a bone-crushing temperature of minus 62C. The village of Kazym in the same district of Beloyarsky hit minus 58C.

Eyelashes got frosty extensions from nature's own cosmetics, as our amazing pictures show. Beards turned prematurely white.

A video was posted entitled: 'Surgut men are so hardy they only ride on a swing and eat ice cream at minus 51C.'

In Nadym, it nudged minus 50C, and all schools were closed. In Tyumen, school classes were cancelled from grades 1 to 9, with minus 36C the trigger for children to stay home, although elsewhere in Siberia - for example Yakutia in recent weeks - students are still expected in school at below minus 52C.

Nizhnevartovsk hit minus 50C, the coldest winter in ten years in the city. School classes were cancelled today - and for the rest of the week.

Such temperatures happen in eastern Siberia, but in the west they are more rare.

Cold Siberia


First snow in over 2 decades engulfs Antalya, Turkey

Snow in Turkey
Antalya, one of the rare year-round sunny spots in Turkey, was taken over by snowfall yesterday and Wednesday, the first such precipitation since 1993.

The snowfall in the Turkish Riviera, a popular vacation spot, blocked roads and led to the closure of schools in four districts.

Tourists and locals were surprised by the sudden snowfall that has already paralyzed daily life in other parts of the country. Temperatures dropped as low as 3 degrees Celsius (37 degrees Fahrenheit), although the area was still hotter compared to the minus 20 degrees Celsius temperatures in eastern Turkey.

The snowfall particularly affected the higher areas in the city, Kepezüstü district in particular, which is located some 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from central Antalya. Traffic on the road connecting central Antalya to the Korkuteli district also came to a halt due to heavy snowfall, which blanketed the natural and man-made beauties the city boasts, from the ancient city of Thermessos to the forests north of the city, which are situated along the Mediterranean coast.

Ice Cube

Wall of 'icy fog' appears at Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota

Wall of 'sea smoke' at Lake Superior
Wall of 'sea smoke' at Lake Superior.
In a rare atmospheric phenomenon, an enormous wall of icy fog has been filmed billowing over Lake Superior in Minnesota.

The fog was filmed by local photographer Levi Drevlow on December 18, and it looks like something out of a disaster movie, dwarfing a freighter in the port of Duluth as it fearlessly steers straight towards the snowy fog bank.

While scary-looking, the cloud is actually quite natural, the result of a quick temperature drop to -18 Celsius (about -0.4 Fahrenheit). The difference between cold air and warm water is what sent the dense vapor hundreds of feet upwards above the largest of North America's Great Lakes.

Comment: This is actually the second time it has happened there this year. (No, it doesn't normally happen there.)


Extreme cold breaking records in northern Siberia; 10 degrees or lower below normal

The average temperature in European Russia, the Ural Mountains and Siberia is 10 degrees, or lower, below normal

During all days of December, the average temperature has not come close to normal. The temperature in the Khanty-Mansiysk dropped to -43ºC, setting a new daily record. The previous record was -39.6 degrees in 1937. In Salekhard, it fell to -41.5 degrees, also a new record.

And last night in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, the temperature dropped to -43ºC, -46ºC.

Temperature map:
Siberia temperature map
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Comment: Siberia already being clobbered with snow - portends harsh U.S. winter ahead


Anomalous snow storm blankets desert in Saudi Arabia

Snow camels
Snow fell over the northern part of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.

You don't believe me? Look at these pictures and videos captured by residents of different towns in Northern Borders Region, close to Jordan.

After Algeria and the Sahara Desert, it is now the northern part of Saudi Arabia that is covered by snow... Another weather anomaly!

Heavy snow fall suspended daily life in northern areas as temperature fell below freezing point on December 20, 2016 afternoon.

Snow in Saudi Arabia
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Comment: See also: Algerian villagers stunned as snow falls in Sahara for first time in over 30 years


Potent storm to bring blizzard conditions to central U.S. Christmas weekend

Central US snowstorm
A potent storm will cause dangerous blizzard conditions, resulting in major travel disruptions, over the central United States during Christmas weekend.

A storm more similar to November or March will swing northeastward over the northern Plains during Christmas Day. The storm will deliver everything from a wintry mix and a blizzard to drenching rain and severe thunderstorms to portions of the central United States.
US forecast
Snow to spread southward along Interstate 25 Saturday

After departing the Intermountain West with moderate snow and slippery travel conditions, the storm will emerge over the High Plains and begin to strengthen.

Travel conditions will deteriorate from north to south over the Interstate 25 corridor during Saturday around Billings, Montana, to Casper, Wyoming, during Saturday evening and then the Denver area beginning late Saturday night.

Snow will also develop and spread eastward over the northern Plains. The snow will spread into Bismarck, North Dakota, on Saturday, then to Rapid City, South Dakota, and Fargo, North Dakota, during Saturday night.