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Davis sets an all-time West Virginia record for May snowfall - 20 inches in 3 days

A country road near Davis this week.
© Alan Tomson
A country road near Davis this week. Crews had to pull snowplows out off storage and get going.
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh reports the Tucker County town of Davis officially received 20.3 inches of snow during the first three days of May. The accumulation is an all time record for anywhere in West Virginia for snowfall in the month of May.

"We had started to make the transition. The trees had budded, flowers were coming up, and people were cutting their grass last week. All of the traditional signs of spring were happening and all of a sudden we had three days of snow," said Davis Mayor Alan Tomson.

It wasn't just three days of snow. It was three days of driving, pounding, wet snow which quickly started to pile up each night.

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3 bodies found after 6 go missing in Nepal avalanche

6 people went missing while picking a precious Himalayan herb meant for vitality. (Representational)

6 people went missing while picking a precious Himalayan herb meant for vitality. (Representational)
Three bodies were found on Wednesday by security personnel in Nepal after six people went missing while picking a precious Himalayan herb meant for vitality, as avalanches struck two remote mountainous regions of the country, media reports said.

Yarshagumba is a half herb and half insect, believed to have the power to increase vitality and sexual energy. The herb, also known as caterpillar fungus, is found in the high Himalayas.

Security personnel found the bodies of two women and a man, who were among the five people who went missing on Tuesday in an avalanche which occurred in the mountainous area of the Darchula district, MyRepublica newspaper reported.


Snow-laden Sierra gets more snow halfway through spring, up to 15 inches in 48 hours

The calendar may show spring is halfway to summer, but it's still snowing in California.

In the Sierra Nevada, the Heavenly ski resort at Lake Tahoe reported Wednesday that 15 inches of snow had fallen over 48 hours, burnishing the epic snowpack left by a relentlessly wet winter.

Northwest of Tahoe, 5.5 inches was recorded over two days at the University of California, Berkeley, Central Sierra Snow Lab, raising its season total to 743 inches.

"Another 2.6" of snow over the last 24 hours brings our 2-day total to 5.5" and our season total to 743," researchers at the lab tweeted. "As expected, we're still seeing melt but the rate has slowed due to the clouds and cooler temps."

Strikingly, winter weather advisories were to take effect Wednesday night in Southern California mountain ranges. Forecasters predicted 4-8 inches of snow above 6,000 feet and local totals up to 14 inches.


It's May and snowing in high-altitude areas of Himachal Pradesh, India - up to a foot deep

It's May and the high-altitude areas of Himachal Pradesh are still receiving snowfall, making the hill destinations more picturesque.

The unseasonal precipitation in the state has pushed down the mercury by several notches, weather experts said on Wednesday.

Tourist spots near Shimla like Kufri and Narkanda have experienced moderate to heavy rains. However, nearby destinations of Manali and Kalpa, 250 km from the capital, witnessed mild spells of snow.

According to HP Traffic, Tourists and Railways Police, heavy snowfall in the Chanshil area blocked roads with one feet snow. "Two JCBs deployed to clear snow and 30 vehicles stranded. Efforts are underway to clear the snow from the road surface," it said.


26 inches of record snow wallops Michiganders in May: 'Feels like the never-ending winter' (UPDATE)

Vehicles buried in more than foot of snow in Ishpeming, Michigan on May 1, 2023.
© Mandy Carlson Moebius
Vehicles buried in more than foot of snow in Ishpeming, Michigan on May 1, 2023.
Winter just won't go away in parts of Michigan as some people are getting walloped on May 1st, more than a month after spring officially arrived. We're talking a foot and a half of snow in the Upper Peninsula with even more on the way.

Long-time Yooper, Mandy Carlson Moebius, says she can't believe the amount of snow they've gotten in her Marquette County home of Ishpeming. She says the snow started falling around midnight and it was still coming down as of 7:00 p.m. with no end in sight.

"This feels like the never-ending winter," Moebius frustratingly told MLive. "The snow was almost gone only to come back with a vengeance. We are so ready for spring to arrive."

Comment: Update May 3

FOX 2 reports:
Michigan Upper Peninsula winter storm smashing snowfall records

National Weather Service station in Marquette.

National Weather Service station in Marquette.
Snow in May is rare. The state of Michigan took that as a challenge, apparently.

The National Weather Service post in state's upper peninsula recorded an "historic snowstorm" this week after more than 26 inches fell on May 1 and 2.

"This historic snowstorm is finally coming to an end after setting impressive daily and monthly snowfall records at the Marquette National Weather Service Office where records date back to 1959," read a tweet from the NWS Marquette post.

Among the records broken include:

Snowfall totals for May 1 - 19.8 inches

Snowfall totals over a two-day period in May - 26.2 inches

Snowiest May on record - 26.2 inches

Greatest May snow depth - 20 inches as of 8 a.m. on May 2

A climatologist that was following along the snowstorm said that weather station in Herman, which is in the west side of the U.P., recorded 27 inches of snow. It's the greatest single-day May snowfall to happen in the eastern half of the continental U.S.

Some of the hardest hit parts of the peninsula include inland portions just west of Marquette and south of the Keweenaw peninsula. Ontonagon County also experienced heavy snowfall.

With the snow came some brutally cold wind gusts reaching 45 mph and power outage conditions.

The massive pile of snow that got dumped on the U.P. has to go somewhere, which means a grand snowmelt may be upon northern Michigan residents this week. Temperatures are expected to rise into the 40s and 50s, along with rain chances.

The heavy accumulation could mean flooding concerns are next on the weather service's radar. Much of the U.P. will be under a Flood Watch this week.


Big May snowfall in the Alps

There have been some big snowfalls on high slopes in the Alps on the first day of May.

Most ski areas are already closed for the season but several dozen remain open in the Alps, and the latest snowfall continues a trend of regular snowfall through spring, after an often dry winter.

Tignes and Val d'Isere (pictured this morning), which are still open until next weekend, reported 20cm of fresh snowfall above 2,000m this morning, and it has continued to snow heavily through the day.

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Solo backcountry skier killed by avalanche near Breckenridge, Colorado

Site of a fatal avalanche accident on April 29
Site of a fatal avalanche accident on April 29, 2023. The avalanche started in a shallow crown, visible in the upper right corner of the image. It entrained wet snow in the track of the avalanche path.
On Saturday, a solo backcountry skier was killed in an avalanche near Breckenridge, CO. The 31-year-old man was skiing a northeast-facing couloir on Bald Mountain, or Baldy, southeast of Breck. His girlfriend reported him missing when he didn't return her phone calls.
PRELIMINARY REPORT: A solo skier was caught, buried, and killed in a small but long-running avalanche. The avalanche started at about 13,200 feet on an east-facing slope. It ran approximately 1,300 feet. The avalanche began in dry, wind-drifted snow and entrained wet snow in the track of the avalanche path. Summit County Sheriff's deputies, Summit Rescue Group, and Flight for Life all responded and performed a search and recovery in the late evening hours of April 29 and early morning hours of April 30.

CAIC staff will visit the site on April 30 and publish more details as they become available. We will issue a full report next week.

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.


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Avalanche kills female skier in Samnaun, Switzerland

The wet avalanche spilled over the track usually used by the groomers.
© Kantonspolizei Graubünden
The wet avalanche spilled over the track usually used by the groomers.
An avalanche in Samnaun, Switzerland, swept away two female skiers around 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2023, who were skiing in the ski area of Ischgl-Samnaun, which is a popular cross-border resort in Austria and Switzerland.

The women were skiing on a path typically used by snow ploughs slightly above the groomed run, when a wet avalanche was released above them. The women noticed the avalanche and tried to outski it but both got swept away. One of the women, aged 54, was only partially buried and was found straight away by mountain rescue. She was flown with mild injuries to a hospital in Zams, Austria.


Surprise "Spring Snow" in Reykjavík, Iceland

This was what Kópavogur looked like
© mbl.is/Árni Sæberg
This was what Kópavogur looked like this morning, and it looks more like Christmas than the beginning of summer.
Capital area residents in Iceland opened their eyes this morning to a blanket of white outside their window. Snow began falling yesterday and measured 10 cm [3.9 in] deep this morning at the Icelandic Met Office. While residents of Reykjavík and the surrounding area are not unused to seeing some falling flakes at this time of year, Meteorologist Teitur Arason of the Icelandic Met Office says this much snow in late April is indeed a rare occurrence.


Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah broke 800 inches of total season snowfall for the first time in its history

We'll be talking about the winter of 2022-23 for a long time.

After getting 11″ in 24 hours, Solitude Mountain Resort broke 800 inches of total season snowfall for the first time in its history.

The high-density powder today was smooth, surfy, and skied superbly.