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Think the snowfall is finished? Over a foot of snow falls on the Twin Cities

The scene at Cedar Avenue in Richfield.
© Joe Nelson
The scene at Cedar Avenue in Richfield.
After more than a foot of snow fell on the Twin Cities Saturday in a historic storm, there's still more to come.

The snow will continue to fall throughout the day Sunday, producing another 2 to 5 inches of snow in the Metro, according to WCCO Meteorologist Matt Brickman. The snow will be light throughout the morning hours, producing heavier snowfall as the day goes on.

That is, of course, on top of an already historic snowfall. Brickman says it's already the biggest April snow event in history, and after Sunday's snow, it could even crack the top 20 biggest Twin Cities snowstorms ever.


Records broken with latest snow fall in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Streets were most deserted during Saturday's snowstorm, but not everyone stayed home.

Streets were most deserted during Saturday's snowstorm, but not everyone stayed home.
You need only look outside your window to know that it's been quite a day in Sioux Falls.

Well, according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, the day has been magnified by the trifecta of records broken by today's snowfall of 13.1 inches as of 11 p.m.


Ice storm pelts Southern Ontario with more than 550 collisions on Toronto-area highways

Frozen Lake Ontario
© Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star

An ice storm pelting parts of southern Ontario has knocked out power to thousands of people and wreaked havoc on the roads.

A provincial police spokesman said more than 550 crashes had been reported in the Greater Toronto Area by late Saturday.

"We've got cars in the ditches, we've got cars on the concrete wall, we've got cars facing the wrong way," Kerry Schmidt said. "We've got problems all over the place."

Comment: Some past crazy weather for Toronto:

Snowflake Cold

Historic cold record broken for Edmonton, Canada

Record cold in Edmonton, Canada
© The Weather Network
Some records weren't meant to be broken and this, is definitely one of them. The city of Edmonton, Alta., has become the (un)lucky winner of an historic stretch of cold weather. We're talking nearly SIX months of overnight lows below freezing.

Although a prolonged period of frigid conditions and even some of the coldest temperature anomalies worldwide have dominated the Alberta pattern recently, the ridiculous stretch of cold weather in Edmonton is jaw dropping. Saturday, April 14 marks the 168TH CONSECUTIVE DAY of overnight lows below freezing as recorded at Edmonton-Blatchford Airport. This puts the area in first place for the longest run of consecutive days with a minimum temperature below 0°C, ahead of the 166 day stretch in 1975.

Edmonton is known as being one of the coldest cities in Canada and with a record like this, it's certainly living up to its reputation. The last time the city got to an overnight temperature of at least 0°C was back on October 29, 2017. That's almost six months ago.

"From that point onward, we never reached above the freezing mark again in the overnight," says Weather Network meteorologist Erin Wenckstern. "We got extremely close to it on December 15, but we never quite reached the freezing mark at that point."


Storm brings at least 10 inches of snow to Rapid City, South Dakota

© Rapid City Journal
A little winter. A little spring. A dash of summer.

Mix them all together and you get one crazy storm system, perfectly suited for a Friday the 13th arrival date.

Mother Nature's science experiment exploded Friday, bringing rain, snow and tornadoes to a huge swath of the Great Plains and Midwest, even stretching down into the south.

In Rapid City, what started out as rain late Thursday eventually turned to snow overnight and kept a steady flow of flakes falling throughout the day Friday.


Up to 3 feet of fresh snowfall in the Alps

It's a real mix of weather in the Alps - and indeed most of the rest of the world's major ski regions - this week.

There's been sunshine, rain and even lots of sow depending on the time and the place as the 2017-18 season continues to wind down.

Some ski areas including Andermatt and St Moritz (pictured top today) have reported 30cm of 24 hours but the biggest accumulation this week is a whopping 95cm (3 feet, 2 inches) at Isola 2000, located north of Nice in the southern French Alps.


Antarctic snowfall has increased 10% in the last 200 years

antarctica cores ice
Cores have been collected across the continent - making this the largest study of its kind
Scientists have compiled a record of snowfall in Antarctica going back 200 years.

The study shows there has been a significant increase in precipitation over the period, up 10%.

The effect of the extra snow locked up in Antarctica is to slightly slow a general trend in global sea-level rise.

However, this mitigation is still swamped by the contribution to the height of the oceans from ice melt around the continent.

Comment: Unsurprisingly no data is given to back up the claim that the snowfall is mitigated by ice melt - and there are many studies stating the contrary: Revealed: Antarctic ice growing, not shrinking

Some 272 billion tonnes more snow were being dumped on the White Continent annually in the decade 2001-2010 compared with 1801-1810.

This yearly extra is equivalent to twice the water volume found today in the Dead Sea.

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Ice Cube

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Hudson Bay ice anomaly and winter storm front 73 F temperature drop

ice cover
Hudson Bay is still at 100% ice coverage with no end in sight of warm enough temperatures to allow melting to begin. Strangely the Canadian Ice Service has not updated any weekly ice coverage charts against 30 year average in their data sets. All other products are updated except that data set. Blizzard begins to rip across USA and Canada dropping temperatures along the storm front by 73 F. Another Atlantic Low heads toward UK and Europe.



More snowfall could negatively impact farmers in Wisconsin

The cold weather and snow could impact when local farmers start to harvest their crops.

SkyWarn 13 Chief Meteorologist Darren Maier says the snow probably won't be leaving anytime soon.

"Until this pattern breaks to where we can get temperatures consistently back to normal or above, that possibility of seeing additional snow I'd say is likely still in the forecast," says Maier.

Agriculture Agent, Mark Hagedorn, at UW-Extension in Eau Claire says this time of year, the snow is usually gone and farmers are getting ready to do field work.


16 inches of snow accumulation in 24 hours in the Pyrenees - And it's not finished yet

Fontpédrouse, snow
© DR
Panic on the roads in Fontpédrouse, for example, where motorists are trapped.
Translated by Sott.net

Snow has been falling in large quantities since Wednesday morning in the upper canton. The southern massifs, the Canigou and the Conflent are the most affected by this depression which should last until the end of the week.

Winter is back. It even seems to be settling permanently this week in the department where snowfall is announced in the upper canton until Friday included, according to Météo France. It must be said that in the mountains, this new snowy episode is not surprising given the significant drop in temperatures in recent hours.

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