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'It's going to crank up': Tahoe area reports 2 feet of snow overnight, with another 2 to 5 feet on the way

Palisades Tahoe, CA
© Kate Abraham
Palisades Tahoe, CA
Heavy snow is expected to fall this afternoon throughout the Tahoe region and continue until Wednesday morning. The storm will greatly impact road conditions and travel on Interstate 80.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning through Tuesday night at 10 p.m. Drivers should expect major travel delays, chain control, icy roads and whiteout conditions. Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort is reporting 95 mph wind gusts at the crest of the Sierra Nevada.

The National Weather Service reported up to two feet of snow from the storm earlier this morning. Another 2 to 5 feet of snow is on the way, with the heaviest snowfall coming tonight.


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Mega snow storm dumps nearly 3 feet of new snow in Idaho mountains over the weekend

Tamarack snow stake at 10:30 am Monday
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Tamarack snow stake at 10:30 am Monday
A weather phenomenon known as an 'Atmospheric River' was in place over Idaho this past weekend. A large upper-level low-pressure system off of the West Coast has been funneling subtropical moisture into Idaho from the southwest. Ample moisture moving into our mountain regions this time of year typically leads to large snowfall events as the moist air is forced up and over our mountain ranges. Tamarack Ski Resort has a fresh 9 inches of snow on the snow stake Monday morning, 30 inches for the storm total. Additional heavy snowfall is expected through Tuesday afternoon.

Active weather will continue in Idaho on Monday. Moist southwest flow will bring additional mountain snow showers and valley rain. Winds are going to be blustery today with 15-25 mph winds expected, gusts up to 35 mph. Stronger winds are expected in southeast Oregon and over the Owyhee's in southwest Idaho, winds of 25-35 mph are expected, gusts up to 50 mph.


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Crystal Mountain avalanche kills 1, traps 5 in snow at Washington state ski area

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An avalanche swept through part of a Washington state ski resort used to access backcountry skiing on Saturday, killing a 60-year-old man and temporarily trapping five others.

The avalanche was reported about 10:50 a.m. in the Silver Basin area of Crystal Mountain, which is located about 85 miles southeast of Seattle, said Pierce County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Darren Moss.

The identity of the man who died hasn't been released, but authorities say he wasn't breathing after being pulled out of the snow and didn't survive despite CPR efforts by another skier. The other skiers in his group rescued themselves with the help of two witnesses who saw them get swept up by the snow. All were wearing avalanche beacons.


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Heavy snowfall wreaks havoc in Serbia and much of Balkans

Cars on the street during snow storm in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021.
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Cars on the street during snow storm in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021.
Heavy snowfall covered Belgrade and much of the Balkans on Sunday, hampering traffic, canceling flights at the Serbian capital's main airport and disrupting public transportation.

Many areas across the country reported power cuts and damages to buildings due to falling trees. The icy conditions saw trucks skidding across the roads and getting stuck while ploughs were being used to pull them out.

Much of western Serbia was without electricity as authorities warned against unnecessary travel and appealed to people in Serbia to conserve power.

In the capital, several trees fell under the weight of the heavy snow, damaging cars and buildings. Some people had to be rescued after being trapped in their damaged vehicles.


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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
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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