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Tahoe sets new December snowfall record with nearly 18 feet of powder - the most in 142 years

Deep snow from recent storms have partially buried the Donner Lake West End neighborhood just west of Truckee, as seen on Dec. 30, 2021.

Deep snow from recent storms have partially buried the Donner Lake West End neighborhood just west of Truckee, as seen on Dec. 30, 2021.
This story has been updated to correct the snow lab's elevation.

Almost 18 feet of snow fell in North Tahoe during December, more than any other December in the past 142 years.

Located at Donner Pass, U.C. Berkeley's Central Sierra Snow Lab reported a whopping 214 inches of snow through the month.

On Dec. 27, the lab recorded 193.7 inches of snow, breaking the previous record of 179 inches set in 1970. An additional 20-plus inches fell between Dec. 27 and 31, cementing 2021 in the history books for the snowiest December on record.


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Snow falls in Florida — yes, Florida — in rare cold snap

Snow falls in Florida following first winter storm of 2022

Snow falls in Florida following first winter storm of 2022
Snow in the Sunshine State?!

Some parts of the Florida Panhandle saw snow flurries as temperatures plunged below freezing.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office shared a Facebook video of snowflakes falling overnight.

"Well how's this for a temperature change?" the sheriff's office wrote in the caption. "From 75 degrees at 3 in the afternoon to snow at 3 am captured during patrol in the Lowe's parking lot on Beal by B-Shift Central! Bundle up out there!"

The snow didn't stick and didn't cause any issues, a spokesperson for the sheriff's office told The Associated Press.


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Leaving on a jet plane? U.S. air travel nightmare continues - 5,000 flights canceled

Flight cancellations impact Charleston International Airport as winter weather hits

Flight cancellations impact Charleston International Airport as winter weather hits.
The new year brought the same problems for many air travelers in the United States. Canceled or delayed flights are causing a travel mess for passengers across the country. Many spent their new year in an airport.

Airlines canceled more than 5,000 flights over the weekend. And more than 2,600 U.S. flights and more than 4,100 worldwide were grounded as of midday Monday, according to tracking service FlightAware. Another 8,500 flights were delayed, including 3,100 in the U.S. More than 12,000 U.S. flights have been canceled since Christmas Eve. This is creating a huge backlog of passengers.

Airlines are reporting they simply have too many people to move and not enough planes. Airlines are also citing COVID-related staffing shortages for these delays and ongoing winter weather. A major snowstorm hit the Pacific Northwest last week. And now a massive system is moving across the East Coast.


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Snowstorm hits parts of Hokkaido, Japan with up to 32 inches of snow

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Snowstorms are hitting parts of Japan's northern prefecture of Hokkaido.

Japanese weather officials say a strong winter weather pattern is bringing snow to the Sea of Japan coast in northern and eastern Japan.

Nearly 20 centimeters of snow fell in Teshio, Hokkaido, over 6 hours on Monday morning.

By 9 a.m., more than 80 centimeters of snow had accumulated in Rumoi, also in Hokkaido, and over 60 centimeters in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture.


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Snowstorm leaves nearly 1 million without power in the US

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A quick-hitting blast of winter weather left several inches of snow blanketing parts of the Southeast, before spreading into the mid-Atlantic, where it shut down much of the nation's capital.

A dramatic weather pattern change marked the first days of 2022 across the Southeast and mid-Atlantic, replacing the 80-degree warmth in some locations with an all-out snowstorm. The onslaught of the first accumulating snow of the season for many left several cities along the East Coast nearly shut down, snarled traffic, left nearly 1 million without power on Monday and has been blamed for at least one fatality, according to officials.

The storm unleashed hefty snow amounts across parts of Tennessee and North Carolina, with accumulations climbing to 9.0 inches in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and 11.0 inches in Swiss, North Carolina. Even areas as far south as Alabama were hit with a blast of wintry weather, and Moores Mill, Alabama, picked up 7.0 inches of snow.


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Storm brings lots of snow to Juneau and Southeast Alaska - up to 30 inches

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The snowstorm brought varying amounts around the City and Borough of Juneau and Southeast Alaska.

Meteorologist Rick Fritsch in the Juneau Forecast Office said they received 10 point 4 inches at their location on Back Loop Road. Over 13 inches was recorded atop Cordova Street in West Juneau. The number at the airport was not that high because winds there were blowing the snow off their measuring boards. So only 4 point 2 inches were recorded at the airport as a result. Auke Bay reported 6 point 5 inches.

There were greater amounts recorded in other Southeast locations including Petersburg which measured 15 point 8 inches. Hyder in southern Southeast Alaska had 30 inches, according to the forecaster.


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Chicago snowstorm sees more than 1,000 flights canceled as New Year travel mayhem worsens

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A Chicago snowstorm caused more than 1,000 flight cancelations as New Year travel mayhem worsens.

The winter storm is the latest blow to the travel industry as around 900 flights were canceled across the US on Thursday due to the new Covid variant causing staff shortages.

On Saturday, over 1,000 flights were canceled in Chicago as a New Year's Day snowstorm made its way into the area.

At Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, 844 flights were canceled, while at Midway Airport, an additional 273 were axed.

By late Saturday afternoon on the East Coast, more than 2,600 US flights and nearly 4,600 worldwide had been canceled, according to tracking service FlightAware.


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Snow covers Saudi Arabia's Tabuk region on New Year's Day

People enjoy a moment in the snow in Tabuk
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People enjoy a moment in the snow in Tabuk.
Snow blanketed parts of Saudi Arabia's north-western city of Tabuk on New Year's Day, footage shared online showed.

People have been flocking to Jebel Al Lawz since Saturday, when snow began to fall in most areas.

The extreme weather led the security forces to close the road leading to the area after thousands of residents and visitors arrived to enjoy the sight, reports said.

More snow is expected to fall on Jebel Al Lawz as well as the mountain areas of Al Dhahr and Alqan early on Sunday, with temperatures expected to drop below 0°C.


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Yosemite reaches snow milestone - new record of 154 inches of snowfall to date

Height of snow in Tuolumne Meadows on December 27, 2021.

Height of snow in Tuolumne Meadows on December 27, 2021.
The recent winter storms that blanketed Yosemite National Park have set a record for the snowiest December since 1980 when record-keeping started.

Just this week another 78 inches of new snow fell on Tuolumne Meadows. That equals six feet of settled snow, according to park officials. Adding that to the snow accumulation already this month, it brings the total amount to 154 inches to date. The previous most snow recorded in December was 143 inches in 1996.


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Weather whiplash in Alaska: After December's warm spell came Icemageddon

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Alaska has experienced extreme weather since Christmas, with an unusually warm weekend leading to freezing rain and snowstorms

A late December warm spell has caused chaos in Alaska, as moisture-soaked winds bombarded the US state with heavy precipitation, causing what the authorities dubbed an "Icemageddon."

Temperatures rose to record-highs in coastal parts of Alaska last week. On Kodiak Island, they spiked to 67F (19.4C) on Sunday, setting a statewide historic record for December. On Monday, they again broke the 60F(15.5C) benchmark before starting to decrease on Tuesday.

Comment: When the jet stream becomes unstable, this is one of the results.