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Storm dumped up to 29 inches of snow in 48 hours in Colorado

A Purgatory Resort resident,
© Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
A Purgatory Resort resident, who did not want to give a name, digs out from 24 inches of snow on Friday.
After weeks without snow some much needed precipitation fell across Colorado with parts of the high country measuring the storm in feet over the course of 48 hours. Much lighter amounts fell in Denver, across the foothills and the northern mountains.

In Denver it was the first measurable snow of the season, falling about 7 weeks behind schedule. The city missed tying an all-time stretch without snow by just two days.

The following amounts are from CBS4 Weather Watchers, totals reported to the National Weather Service and information from area ski resorts. In many cases the snow won't make much of a dent in the drought, but we are hopeful that more storms will materialize down the road to help us out.

29.0″ - Wolf Creek (48 hour total as of 7:15 a.m. Friday)
29.0″ - Crested Butte (48 hour total as of 5:52 a.m. Friday)
27.0″ - Purgatory (48 hour total as of 5:23 a.m. Friday)
24.0″ - Grand Mesa Lodge



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Storm dumped up to 29 inches of snow in some parts of Utah

Workers clear snow at the Utah Capitol on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021
© Carter Williams, KSL.com
Workers clear snow at the Utah Capitol on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021
A storm that slammed Utah Thursday and lingered into Friday dumped over 2 feet of snow in some of the state's mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service lifted all remaining winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings Friday afternoon, as the storm moved eastward.

Heavy snow totals were reported across the state, especially in the mountains. Alta's Collins area and Brighton Crest in Salt Lake County each recorded 29 inches of snow between Wednesday evening and Friday night, according to weather service data published Saturday morning. Snowbird was among the other reporting sites areas that received at least 2 feet of snow.

Eagle Point Resort, farther south of the Wasatch Mountains, in Beaver County, received 26 inches of snow, as well.



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Huge snowfalls in the Alps - up to a metre of snow in 7 days

Val Thorens

Val Thorens in France
Ski areas in the Alps are reporting exceptional early-December snowfalls and some of the best early-season conditions in years.

Centres across the region have been reporting up to a metre of snowfall in the past seven days, which in many cases comes after heavy snowfall the previous week too. Val Thorens is pictured top.

Other parts of Europe, particularly the Pyrenees, but also Eastern Europe, have been posting snowy images as well. Kopaonik in Serbia is pictured below.



Comment: Austria hit by record snowfall of up to 23 inches - and there's more to come


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Austria hit by record snowfall of up to 23 inches - and there's more to come

There's heavy snow in eight of Austria's nine regions today.
© Christof Stache/AFP
There's heavy snow in eight of Austria's nine regions today.
Snow levels nationwide are at an almost ten-year high, with parts of Carinthia affected by power outages and up to 30 centimeters of snow in Burgenland as well as a thick coating in Vienna.

Residents in the east and south east of Austria have woken up to the heaviest snowfall in nine years - with more forecast into the afternoon of Thursday, December 9th.

In Burgenland, up to 30 centimeters of snow fell overnight on Wednesday and power outages are impacting several hundred homes in Carinthia in the districts of St. Veit an der Glan, Spittal an der Drau and Villach-Land after nearly 40 centimetres of snow fell.


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Storm, heavy snowfall batter Turkey's east and west - Up to 31 inches of snow

Trees covered with snow, Van, Turkey, Dec. 9, 2021
© AA
Trees covered with snow, Van, Turkey, Dec. 9, 2021
Heavy snowfall in eastern and western provinces of Turkey on Wednesday blocked village and neighborhood roads to transportation, while some ferry services planned for tomorrow to the Aegean Turkish islands Bozcaada and Gökçeada were canceled because a storm was expected.

Snowstorms have taken hold in Turkey's eastern regions, where the winter is particularly harsh compared to other regions due to its climate. Snow continued to affect the region at intervals, especially in the higher altitude areas, and blocked roads in and around city centers. Due to the snowstorm, 11 roads in Digor, eight in Arpaçay and three village roads in Akyaka, Sarıkamış, Selim and Susuz were closed, and transportation was suspended on 31 village roads in Erzincan.


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Record December snow in French Pyrénées - and there's more on the way

Snow fell in abundance this weekend, like here at Mourtis (Haute-Garonne)
© Nico Gareil / Météo Pyrénées
Snow fell in abundance this weekend, like here at Mourtis (Haute-Garonne)
It has already been a remarkable December for snow in the Pyrénées - but more heavy falls are forecast from Wednesday, while the Alps are also set to enjoy more fresh snow.

The weekend was marked by sustained snowfall in the Pyrénées, with an average of between 50cm and 70cm of snow at altitudes above 1200m, rising in some areas towards western areas of the mountain chain to 1m.

According to Météo-France, the level of snowfall in the west of the Pyrénées is remarkable for the time of year, especially since accumulations were considered 'very low' as recently as November 24th. The forecaster said the winter snow covering below 2,000m - the average now is 1m at 1500m - is among the best for the beginning of December and equivalent to normal levels in mid-January.


Comment: In the same region of Europe: Heavy snowfall hits the north of Spain with more than 60 cm (24 inches) in just 6 HOURS


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Tiny Swedish settlement sets new record as temperature plummets to -43.8C

File photo of cold weather in Sweden.
© Fotograferna Holmberg/TT
File photo of cold weather in Sweden.
Temperatures fell below freezing across Sweden on Monday, but no place was as cold as the remote settlement of Naimakka, where the mercury plummeted to its coldest level this season.

"It's continuing to creep down. At noon it was down to -42.7C," Emma Härenstam, a meteorologist at Sweden's national weather agency SMHI, told the TT news agency. Later in the afternoon temperatures fell to -43.8C in Naimakka, according to SMHI's preliminary data.

SMHI predicts that temperatures will remain low on Monday and Tuesday, followed by milder weather from Wednesday onwards, both in Naimakka and the rest of Sweden.

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Heavy snowfall hits the north of Spain with more than 60 cm (24 inches) in just 6 HOURS

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A heavy snowfall hit the north of Spain tonight, with more than 60 cm of snowfall in 6 hours. Cities such as Navarra, Larressа, Huesca and Aragon were hit hardest by snowfalls.

In the affected areas, almost 150 roads were covered with snow, most of which had to be closed, traffic was stopped, many drivers were trapped in a snow, and utilities were actively rescuing them, and fortunately there was no information about the victims. All the available special equipment was thrown into the fight against snow clearing, and snow plows were also transferred from other regions of the country.

Air and rail links were interrupted.


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Heavy snowfall hits Algeria

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Algerian city covered in snow as winter storm hits.


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8 buried under snow, 3 killed while skiing due to avalanche in Austria

About 20 people a year have been killed annually by avalanches in Austria. (Representational)

About 20 people a year have been killed annually by avalanches in Austria. (Representational)
An avalanche in the Salzburg region killed three people and injured two while they were skiing off-piste, Austria's Red Cross said Saturday.

The accident happened Saturday about 2,400 metres (7,800 feet) up in the Lungau district, soon after 1:45 pm local time, Red Cross spokesman Anton Schilcher told the APA agency.

The snow buried eight of the group up to 4.5 metres deep, local emergency response official Christoph Wiedl told local media.

Two of the victims were already dead when their bodies were recovered, while the third died after being airlifted to hospital in Klagenfurt.