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Colorado backcountry skier is killed after being buried by Christmas Eve avalanche

The area where the victim's body was later recovered by rescue crews from Jackson County and the Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol

The area where the victim's body was later recovered by rescue crews from Jackson County and the Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol
A Colorado backcountry skier died after he was buried alive in an avalanche on Christmas Eve.

On Friday an unidentified backcountry skier got caught in a 250-feet wide avalanche in Colorado on the northeast-facing slope on the South Diamond Peak near Cameron Pass around 2 pm, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said.

The victim's partner was able to find him with a transceiver and probe pole and dig him out of the snow, but by then it was already too late.

The victim's body was later recovered by rescue crews from Jackson County and the Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol.


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City of Prince George in British Columbia records record-breaking 35cm of snow in 24 hours

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A Heavy Snowfall Declaration has been declared by the City of Prince George after old man winter made the northern capital into a winter wonderland.

A record of thirty-five centimeters of snow has fallen in the last 24 hours.

In addition, Environment Canada's Prince George-Massey station recorded 15 centimeters yesterday (Tuesday), which is a new record for December 21st - the previous record was 11.4 centimeters set back in 1949.


When the city receives accumulated snowfall of 20cm or more in a 24-hour period, in cooperation with the Prince George RCMP, a Heavy Snowfall Declaration is issued.

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Two Russian servicemen killed by avalanche in South Ossetia

The site of the avalanche.
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The site of the avalanche.
Two others have been retrieved and hospitalized with medium-severity frostbites

One Russian serviceman was found dead and another died on the way to the hospital after they were hit by an avalanche in South Ossetia, the nation's government agencies said.

A total of five servicemen were hit by the avalanche, and one is still missing. Two others have been retrieved and hospitalized with medium-severity frostbites of the extremities, an Ossetian Health Ministry representative said.

The avalanche trapped a total of five servicemen who stood watch at a tunnel of the Transcaucasian Highway.

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Avalanche kills two 17-year-olds skiing and snowboarding on Idaho mountain, officials say

An avalanche killed two 17-year-old teens in Idaho, officials said
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An avalanche killed two 17-year-old teens in Idaho, officials said
An avalanche killed two 17-year-old boys who were skiing and snowboarding on an Idaho mountain, officials said.

The teens were buried in an avalanche near Relay Ridge west of Driggs in East Idaho on Friday, Dec. 17, the Teton County Sheriff's Office said.

"The reporting party advised the sheriff's office that one person was riding a snowmobile and another was skiing at the time the avalanche occurred," the sheriff's office said in a news release.

Their bodies were recovered from the site of the avalanche near Ryan Peak. The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center said both were 17. The avalanche's cause is under investigation. The sheriff's office did not release the names of the teens.


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Record snowfall in the Alps for the time of year - up to 33 inches of snow

Katy Dartford skiing powder in Crans Montana
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Katy Dartford skiing powder in Crans Montana
Tumbling headfirst into a huge pillow of snow I curse my skis for being totally inappropriate for the conditions. Too long, too skinny. After digging out a ski buried in thigh-deep powder, I resolve to exchange them for something more suitable.

Crans Montana, the Swiss ski resort stretching from the Rhone valley to Plaine Morte Glacier at 3000 meters is said to be the sunniest place in the Alpine country. And today it's certainly lived up to its reputation.

Yesterday, however, the destination that was once the home to former James Bond star, Roger Moore, was grey and cold. Its views over a string of mountain peaks that unfold from Bietschhorn to Mont Blanc via the Matterhorn, blocked by non-stop snowfall, leaving little distinction between skiing on or off-piste.

This week much of the Alps and the Pyrenees have experienced similar conditions: "best snow ever," I hear all around me; "it's dumping down!" others cry.


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Snow is seen GLOWING in Russia after tiny bioluminescent animals wash ashore from the White Sea: This is the first time in 80 years that faint blue lights are spotted in the Arctic

The holidays are filled with lights hanging from homes and store fronts, but in remote part of Russia biologists are seeing festive twinkles in the snow

The holidays are filled with lights hanging from homes and store fronts, but in remote part of Russia biologists are seeing festive twinkles in the snow
The holidays are filled with lights hanging from homes and store fronts, but in remote part of Russia biologists are seeing festive twinkles in the snow.

This was observed by biologists working in the Arctic off the coast of the White Sea, who spotted faint blue lights glowing in the white powder.

Vera Emelianenko, a microbiologist staying at a remote field station, collected some of the snow, placed it under a microscope and found the glow was from tiny bioluminescent animals called copepods.

Dubbed the bugs of the sea, these creatures are typically found in the ocean at depths of up to 300 feet during the day and then just a few feet at night.

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Indian Meteorological Department issues red alert as severe cold wave conditions prevail in northern states of India

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The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a red alert with a 'cold wave to severe cold wave' conditions to persist in several states and union territories for this week. States like Delhi, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh are likely to witness very cold conditions for the next two days.

Meanwhile, certain areas of Northwest India will witness a rise by 3-5°C and a rise of nearly 2-4°C over Central & East India and Maharashtra thereafter. IMD has also said that light to moderate rainfall and snowfall are expected over the western Himalayan region between December 22 and 25 under the influence of two Western Disturbances.


IMD latest prediction of weather conditions:

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Heavy snow falling along Sea of Japan coast - up to 2 feet recorded

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Japanese weather officials are warning of possible traffic disruptions and power outages as heavy snow continues falling mainly along the Sea of Japan coast.

The Meteorological Agency says snowfall is intensifying on Saturday due to a strong winter pressure pattern and the emergence of a cold air mass.

The snow is also accumulating. As of 11 a.m., up to 63 centimeters of snow had piled up in Minakami Town, Gunma Prefecture, 55 centimeters in Shinano Town, Nagano Prefecture, and 52 centimeters in the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido.


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Lake Tahoe received up to 8.5 FEET of snow in 5 days

Buses lie buried at Palisades Tahoe.
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Buses lie buried at Palisades Tahoe.
Just last week, the mountains of the Sierra Nevada were bare and brown. Leaves were long gone. We were in a holding pattern, just waiting and waiting for water to fall from the sky. A surprise storm in October blessedly drenched the Sierra Nevada, but after that, almost six weeks passed with hardly any precipitation.

Today, the scenery looks entirely different. The Sierra Nevada mountains are painted white. Roads are like tunnels between tall snowbanks. Tree boughs are heavy with snow. And the mountains are donning a white coat, winter's finest.

Lake Tahoe received somewhere between 4 and 8.5 feet of snow in five days, according to Bryan Allegretto, who forecasts and tracks snowfall in the Lake Tahoe region for Open Snow. On Thursday morning, snowflakes continued to fall lightly, a quiet cap to a fierce storm that jump-started winter from hardly a pulse to fully alive.


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New bogus study claims "no snow" in 35 years as snowfall records (from the 1800s) broken in Nevada & California

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Heavy snow at a Lake Tahoe ski resort
A parched Western U.S. has been buffeted by heavy precipitation this week, precipitation which fell as record-breaking snow across the region's higher elevations as storm systems collided with descending Arctic air.

As I reported yesterday, snow has buffeted California's Sierra Nevada this week, with as much as 8 feet has accumulating along the mountain chain, busting regional records. However, as the storm tracked east and entered the state of Nevada, it took out a number of historic snowfall records for the time of year.

Snow fell across Nevada on Tuesday, with the city of Elko picking up 3 inches. More impressive totals were registered elsewhere, though, including in the central Nevada towns of Ely, Eureka, Winnemucca and Tonopah, which all smashed snowfall records.