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Unusually early and severe snowstorm hits Iceland

Rescue team at work yesterday.
Rescue team at work yesterday.
Rescue workers were called out more than 100 times yesterday in the northern and western parts of Iceland, Morgunblaðið reports. A severe storm with heavy precipitation hit those areas with wind gusts in excess of 45 m/sec. Most of the calls involved drivers whose vehicles were stuck in snow.

"We would have liked to see people heed the repeated warnings yesterday, stressing that no travel was advised," states Davíð Már Bjarnason, media representative for ICE-SAR, the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue. "In the afternoon, there were reports of drivers in the most surprising of places," he adds. There was, for instance, one vehicle stuck on Kjalvegur road in the central highlands. "We didn't expect people to be traveling in the highlands in this kind of weather," he explains.


Early snow falling on mountains in Idaho

Rain and snow are falling across Idaho Tuesday morning. The snow-cams at local ski resorts are showing anywhere from a half-inch to roughly three inches of snow this morning. Snow levels have been hovering around 6,000 feet and additional light snow showers are expected into the afternoon.


Two trekkers die of cold at Khemenger glacier during unseasonal snow in Himachal Pradesh, India

Two mountaineers from Kolkata reportedly died while descending the Khemenger glacier in Spiti valley after crossing Parahio summit, officials said on Monday.

A six-member team from Arete mountaineering club, Kolkata, was on a trekking expedition to the glacier which is the main source of Rongtong stream. The glacier is 5,884 metres above the sea level. One of the trekkers, Abhijit Banik, along with a porter reached Kaza in the morning after trekking for two days and informed that two persons have died.

The duo said that it would take three days to reach the other members of the group, who are stuck in snow.


Heavy snowfall in Kemerovo, Russia

On Sunday, September 26, the regional capital of Kuzbass, Kemerovo, was covered with a lot of snow.


Late snow falls on low-lying parts of Tasmania, Australia

Adventurous Tasmanians headed out to make the most of the snow.
© Rosie Kiselev
Adventurous Tasmanians headed out to make the most of the snow.
Elevated areas of Tasmania were blanketed in snow overnight, but snowfalls in central Hobart that had been hoped for did not come to pass.

That didn't stop Hobartians enjoying a morning walk in the snow on higher ground.

The Bureau of Meteorology said snow was reported to fall briefly to about 100 metres in the Hobart area late on Friday night, but more significant snowfalls were reported in western and southern suburbs above 200 metres.

Icy, sleet-like showers fell in lower elevations around Hobart on Friday night.


Mount Erciyes in Turkey turns white after early snowfall

Mount Erciyes turned white after the falling snow

Mount Erciyes turned white after the falling snow
Erciyes Mountain, which is the symbol of Kayseri with its 3 thousand 917 meters high peak that pierces the clouds, turned white after the falling snow.

While the operators are waiting excitedly to open the ski season in Erciyes, Kayseri Erciyes A.Ş., which was founded by Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality, announced that she was wearing the white wedding dress of Erciyes Mountain with the falling snow, and in the last post made on its official social media account, "Are our ski teams ready? " it was said.


5 climbers killed in early snowstorm on highest mountain in Russia and Europe, 14 others rescued

Photo of the heavy rescue operation

Photo of the heavy rescue operation on Mount Elbrus
During a heavy snow storm on Mount Elbrus, which is 5,642 meters tall, the highest mountain in Russia and Europe, five climbers were killed during the night from Thursday to Friday. Fourteen others could be saved. This was announced by the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia.

The group of nineteen climbers were at an altitude of about 5,000 meters when a heavy snowstorm surprised them. Media reports said most of them are not professional climbers.


Parts of Yukon in Canada experience heavy snowfall on first day of fall with warning issued

Mayo, Yukon, under the snow on Sept. 22.
© Millie Olsen
Mayo, Yukon, under the snow on Sept. 22. Environment Canada issued the country's first snowfall warning of the season for the Dempster Highway, and forecasted between 15 and 20 cm of snow in parts of the Yukon.
Environment Canada issued the country's first snowfall warning of the season for the Dempster Highway

It's the first day of fall in Canada, but parts of the Yukon are experiencing more winter-like weather.

Environment Canada issued the country's first snowfall warning of the season for the Dempster Highway.

The warning, issued Wednesday morning, said "a frontal system moving through the Yukon will generate heavy snow across the Dempster Highway with the highest accumulation forecast to be near the Ogilvie Mountains."

It said gusting winds of up to 80 km/h, combined with 15 to 20 cm of snow, will reduce visibility for drivers.


Australia in for weekend cold front after late heavy snow falls - up to 11 inches in 36 hours

Snowfall of 15-20cm was seen in major snowfield resorts including Perisher

Snowfall of 15-20cm was seen in major snowfield resorts including Perisher
A polar blast which brought heavy snow and temperatures as low as -8C to NSW and Victoria during the past 24 hours is set to be followed by another arctic cold front this weekend.

In NSW, Tamworth dropped to -2.6C this morning, its coldest September morning in nine years, while the Thredbo top station was -4.2C only a day after it measured -8C.

At Victoria's Mt Baw Baw, which is currently 2C, some 28cm of snow has fallen in the past 36 hours.

Weatherzone's Joel Pippard said the polar blast had frozen large part of NSW and Victoria.

A polar blast is when cold air comes straight from Antarctica in the south and does not have time to warm up.


Storm brings late summer snow to Schweitzer, Idaho - Also to Yellowstone and Mt Rainier

The first snow of the season is here, in the mountains at least. It means the snow pack is getting started in the high country and at least one local ski area is getting started building its base for the ski season this winter.

Schweitzer tops out at 6400 feet above sea level. Snow levels during this storm dropped between 5000 and 6000 feet in North Idaho and northern Washington. Snow came back in the Cascades too. Mount Rainier was forecast to get up to 42 inches of snow over the weekend and looked the part on Sunday morning.