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Snow at the Grand Canyon on the first day of spring

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Snowed here at the Grand Canyon on the first day of spring.

Comment: See in addition: Storm continues to drop heavy snow on northern Arizona on first day of spring - 25 inches in 5 days

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Colorado, Nebraska smacked by blizzard as spring began

A shopper loads groceries into her sports-utility
© AP/David Zalubowski
A shopper loads groceries into her sports-utility vehicle as a spring storm envelopes Colorado while residents struggle with the spread of coronavirus Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Denver.
Spring officially began on Thursday, in the earliest start to the season in 124 years for the United States, but for Americans living in parts of the Central states, it felt more like the first day of winter as a blizzard swept across the region.

Wind-whipped snow caused major disruptions from the Colorado Rockies through Nebraska with as much as 23 inches of snow accumulating near Nederland, Colorado.

The worst of the snow hit Denver between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. MDT when heavy, blowing snow caused travel to shut down across the city. By the time the storm ended, many areas across Denver had picked up between 5 and 10 inches of snow.


Luxembourg sees late snowfall

After a few days of temperatures of up to 17 °C, residents of the north of Luxembourg woke up to snow on Saturday morning

Meteolux did warn us of a cold front, and they weren't wrong - it even brought a few snowflakes with it! On Saturday morning, residents of the north of the country woke up with snow on their doorstep.

There's even a chance that the snow will stick around for a while, at least for some, as the lower temperatures are set to stick with us for a few days. Indeed, it seems below-zero temperatures are returning to Luxembourg.

So yes, it will be cold - but the good news is that the sun should not leave us in the coming days. While waiting for milder temperatures, take advantage of confinement to stay warm.


Snow blankets high areas of Jordan

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Snow has blanketed several high areas in Tafilah and Karak governorates, south of Jordan, leading to road closures in these areas.

The Kingdom is affected by a third-degree weather depression, accompanied by a polar air mass.

The peak of the weather depression was on Saturday dawn, as most areas in the northern and central regions of the Kingdom witnessed heavy rainfall, while some southern regions witnessed snowfall.


Storm continues to drop heavy snow on northern Arizona on first day of spring - 25 inches in 5 days

Snow in Northern Arizona.
Snow in Northern Arizona.
Plows were clearing roads on parts of northwest Arizona on the first day of spring after a storm dropped heavy snow and created backups on one major highway.

The Arizona Department of Transportation said roads across the region were snowy and icy Thursday morning.and drivers were urged to postpone travel.

The National Weather Service reported 11.5 inches (299 centimeters) of snow in Flagstaff through 5 a.m. and said snow showers would continue through Thursday.

ADOT said Interstate 40 was open in both directions near Williams about 35 miles (57 kilometers) west of Flagstaff but that it would take time to clear miles of traffic backup.


All-time record snowfall buries parts of Sweden - 3.25 M (10.7 ft) - Don't tell Greta...

Record snow Sweden

The first flakes of the season in Kiruna, Sweden fell back on Sept 30 and from then on have continued relentlessly, with accumulations now comfortably surpassing the region's all-time snowfall record.

On Thursday, March 19 heavy snow fell over Sweden's northern town of Kiruna further adding to the record-breaking 3.25m (10.7 ft) that has already accumulated this season-accumulations that busted the old snowfall record from 1997-98 (solar minimum of cycle 22).

Stefan Sydberg, vice chairman of the municipal council, is reportedly more excited than concerned.

"We have already set a record and we know that it can be another meter before the season is over," he said.


Hawaii summits hit by snowfall

The Winter Weather Advisory, issued by the National Weather Service on Tuesday night, remains in effect for Hawaiʻi summits until 6 p.m. today.

Snow can already be seen on the summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa. Additional snow accumulations of up to 5 inches are expected, forecasters say.

The Mauna Kea Access Road is closed to the public at the Visitor Information Station at the 9,200 feet elevation, rangers say.

The Mauna Loa summit is also closed, the National Park Service says.


Temperature extremes: Spain hit by heavy snowfall shortly after 30 C temperatures

Heavy snowfall landed overnight on stretches of the Ronda to San Pedro section of the A-397

Heavy snowfall landed overnight on stretches of the Ronda to San Pedro section of the A-397
Just as Andalucia was beginning to get used to 30°C temperatures and clear blue skies, winter has returned in full force.

Strong winds and snow have battered areas at higher altitude in Ronda and Madrid.

Pictures circulated today of early morning traffic grinding to a halt on the Ronda to San Pedro section of the A-397 thanks to a thick blanket of snow.

Comment: Late heavy snowfall also hit the Pyrenees mountain range on the border with France:

Ice Cube

Arctic sea ice extent highest in recent years

Sea-ice extent is at highest levels in recent years, and temperatures at the Pole have crashed to the lowest levels of the winter.

So much for global warming.

When a zonal pattern traps cold air at the Pole, Alarmists shift their attention further south and write about spring being early in certain places, calling it "unprecedented". However when these winter patterns fall apart they sometimes hurl blobs of very cold air south, and mild winters can end with wild storms, as was the case on March 11-15, 1888.

Thanks to Caleb Shaw these links.


Indian Army rescues 560+ stranded civilians amid heavy, record breaking snowfall

Record snow in India
Over the past week, the Indian Army has airlifted some 600 stranded civilians from Sela Pass and Gurez following months of intense snowfall and sub-zero temperatures.

The entire Gurez Valley has been cut off from Kashmir since early November, 2019 due to exceptionally heavy snowfall, with snow-clearing efforts along the key Razdan Pass -which connects Bandipora to Kanzalwan- not expected to be completed until the end of April.

On March 14, the Dawar Battalion of Snow Leopard Brigade received a request from the civil administration to evacuate 160+ civilians stranded in the "cut-off" Gurez and Bandipora regions.

The operation lasted hours amid record-breaking snowfall, reports republicworld.com — and key to its success was the immediate medical support given to critically-ill patients suffering from the cold.

Saturday's evacuation of 160+ people came just days after March 8th's efforts to save 390+ stranded at Sela Pass in Tawang district, again due to record-breaking snowfall.

"The rescue operation was carried out at an altitude of 14,000 feet on the nights of March 7 and 8," Tezpur based Defence Spokesman Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande said. Those rescued were again provided with "immediate medical support" as well as "hot snacks".

India's record snowfall has contributed to the staggering accumulations across the Northern Hemisphere this season — levels are currently some 500+ gigatons above the 1982-2012 average:

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