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Farmer snaps rare 'ghost apples' in Michigan orchard

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© Andrew Sistema
Apple-shaped ice casing created in an orchard following an ice storm are pictured in Michigan
The 'once in a generation' freeze hit that the Midwest of the country earlier this year saw frozen lakes, record breaking temperatures and large-scale travel disruption.

But a Michigan farmer also captured one of the weather's more beautiful phenomenons - the 'ghost apple'.

Andrew Sistema said that while pruning his apples trees on his Kent County farm, he noticed a perfect shell of ice coating the fruit.

A peculiar and rare product of the recent influx of cold weather from the polar vortex, ghost apples form when rain freezes perfectly around the skin of the fruit.

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Lake Tahoe ski resorts hit by another 3 feet of snow in 24 hours

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Tahoe snow covers vehicle
Mother Nature turned the snow back on Thursday, dumping nearly 3 feet of fresh powder in 24 hours at ski resorts around Lake Tahoe.

Along with dumping deep snow, this winter storm also is causing operational problems at some resorts. Heavenly Mountain Resort is on a delayed opening. Heavenly is planning on opening at 10 a.m. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is closed for the day.


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Blizzard kills thousands of Washington dairy cows

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Dairy farmers in multiple dairying regions of Idaho and Washington experienced significant snowfall, high winds and extreme cold over the weekend, leaving nearly 2,000 dairy cows dead.

According to Matt Gould of Rice Dairy, initial reports from their customers included words like "catastrophic" and "extreme" when it came to describing the impact the snow had on their open lot dairies.

"We heard anecdotes from farmers ranging from losses totaling 100 cows to thousands," he said. "We also heard some milk was dumped because of logistical issues during the storms."

The Yakima Valley Dairy Association says their members lost 1,600 cows in just a few days. The large snowfalls occurred in Grand and Franklin Counties.


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DEEP snow in Ebensee am Feuerkogel, Austria today, January 16
© Gessl Patrick
Deep snow in Ebensee am Feuerkogel, Austria, January 16
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Record-breaking snowfall cloaks Moscow

Snow clearing equipment in central Moscow
© Valery Sharifulin/TASS
Snow clearing equipment in central Moscow
Record snowfall covered Moscow on Wednesday, with streets and monuments blanketed in white and dozens of flights cancelled at the city's main airport.

Snow coated trees and power lines from morning, but melted into deep slush on pavements as temperatures rose above freezing in the afternoon.

Some seven centimetres (2.8 inches) of snow fell overnight, according to the national meteorological service, with drifts reaching up to 45 centimetres (18 inches).

Aeroflot airline said on its website that it had cancelled more than 70 flights in and out of the city's Sheremetyevo airport.


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Mammoth Mountain in California has received 37 feet of snow for the season so far - with further heavy falls forecast

HUGE amounts of snow on Mammoth Mountain, California
© John Kassell
HUGE amounts of snow on Mammoth Mountain, California
Mammoth Mountain has some new bragging rights, having the most snow pack in the entire country, and more snow is on the way Thursday night into Friday.

Depending on the elevation our mountains will get between two to even nine feet of new snow.

So far Mammoth Mountain has gotten 446 inches or 37 feet and in the summit, there are 210 inches or 17.5 feet right now.

Sugar Bowl Resort in Tahoe comes in at a close second with 188 inches.



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Pakistan faces unusually long winter, more snow expected

alakand, Hazara, Murree, Gilgit-Baltistan
© APP
alakand, Hazara, Murree, Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and Kashmir divisions have received 22.5 inches of snow so far.
With an unusually long winter facing Pakistan this year, chief meteorologist of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Khalid Malik on Wednesday said Malakand, Hazara, Murree, Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and Kashmir divisions have received 22.5 inches of snow so far.

In an interview with BBC Urdu, Malik said, "This winter, 50 per cent more snow has been recorded as compared to the previous years. By the end of the winter in March, as much as 50 inches of snow would have fallen."

He added, "More than 25 to 30 per cent rain has been recorded this winter in various parts of the country, due to which the Tarbela and Mangla dams level are also more than normal."


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Blanket of snow covers many parts of Greece

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Many parts of central and northern Greece lie covered in a blanket of snow on Wednesday as a new cold front holds the entire country in its frigid grasp.

In view of the inclement weather, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection (GSCP) issued a warning, informing all pertinent state services, regions and municipalities in the country to be prepared to deal with any problems caused by the severe weather.

Heavy snowfall has hit regions of the mainland and Evia, as well as in the mountains of Crete, the lowlands of Macedonia and Thrace, and the northern Aegean islands.


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Snoqualmie ski resort in Washington after 4-foot snow dump in 48 hours: 'We may have gotten too much'

Snoqualmie ski resort after 4-foot snow dump

Snoqualmie ski resort after 4-foot snow dump
You know a whole bunch of snow has fallen when even the ski resorts say it might have been a little excessive.

Between the Snoqualmie Summit resort measurements and WSDOT measurements along nearby I-90, about 48-53 inches of snow fell over a 48 hour period into Tuesday morning.

"We haven't seen this much snow, in this short of a period, in several years," Snoqualmie Summit officials wrote on Twitter. "The snow isn't letting up and I-90 is still closed."

"It feels wrong to say it, but we may have gotten too much snow."