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Labrador buried under historic 75 cm (29.5 inches) of snow, towns shut down

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Tuesday's historic blizzard in Labrador shut down everything from roads and flights to provincial government offices and schools.

A record-setting blizzard shut down parts of Labrador, forcing the closures of roads, provincial government offices and flights Tuesday, as well as schools in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, North West River and the regional College of the North Atlantic campus.

The potent low had already slammed Ontario and Quebec with a blast of widespread, heavy snow last weekend, and also brought strong winds and heavy rains to Newfoundland through Tuesday.


Igloo

The solar retrograde cycle and ice ages

This is in reference to an article I posted earlier today, that Saturn and Jupiter are about to do something not seen since the year 1226.

Jupiter and Saturn about to do something not seen since the year 1226
Jupiter and Saturn Alignment
© This work, “jupsat1,” is adapted from Stellarium by Patrick Hartigan, used under GPL-2.0, and provided under CC BY 4.0 courtesy of Patrick Hartigan
A view showing how the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction will appear in a telescope pointed toward the western horizon at 6 p.m. CST, Dec. 21, 2020. The image is adapted from graphics by open-source planetarium software Stellarium.
Below is an excerpt from Not by Fire but by Ice concerning the solar retrograde cycle.

Snowflake Cold

Galyat, Pakistan pummelled by another spell of heavy snow - a foot in 24 hours

Second spell of heavy snowfall continues in Galyat

Second spell of heavy snowfall continues in Galyat
Tourists stranded as Thandiani, Nathiagali, Ayubia receive one-foot snow

Continuous heavy snowfall in the hilly areas of Hazara division on Monday brought the mercury below the freezing point, however, the main Muree Road remained open for traffic but roads to and from Koza Gali, Khanspur Road, Bakot, Nathia Gali Road, Boi Sawar Gali Road, were closed.

In the second spell of snowfall in the current winter season, Thandiani, Nathiagali and Ayubia received up to one foot of snow during the last 24 hours where a large number of tourists were stranded because of the slippery road conditions.

Snow-clearing machinery of the Galyat Development Authority (GDA), the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Highways Authority (KPHA) and the works department has been deployed at various places of Galyat to meet any eventuality.


Comment: The earlier spell of heavy snow: Record November snowfall of 3 feet hits northern Pakistan, blocking roads


Snowflake

Toronto crushes snowfall record with 19.4 cm falling on Sunday

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Toronto crushed a snowfall record for Nov. 22 with Sunday's winter storm, but all that snow should be gone by the end of the week with the arrival of warmer temperatures.

Environment Canada had issued a snowfall warning, and the weather didn't disappoint. According to the weather agency, 19.4 centimetres of snow fell at Pearson airport, breaking the previous Nov. 22 record of 7.6 cm in 2007.

The last time a similarly significant snowfall occurred around this time of the year was nearly 70 years ago on Nov. 6, 1951, when the city was hit with 13.2 centimetres of snow.


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86 km long road closed after foot of fresh snow fall in Kashmir

Razdan Top, Gurez

Razdan Top, Gurez
The 86 km long Gurez Bandipora road closed for traffic, after Razdan top received 12 inches fresh snow which led to the slippery condition of the road.

Officals told that Boder Roads organization is on job to clear snow on Gurez bandipora road, adding that Gurez recived 5 inches snow at Dawar and adjoining areas, how ever mechanical engineering department has deployed two snow cates to clear interior roads.

Sub divisional magistrate,Gurez Mudasir Ahmad told KNS that they have dumped food and supplies and the DG set fuel, which will suffice till May while medicines have also been stocked up in the Gurez Valley.


Ice Cube

Extreme freezing rain storm cripples Vladivostok infrastructure, 5 days later residents still without electricity and heat

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© Sputnik / Tatyana Meel
Some residents of Vladivostok are now on their fifth day without power, after devastating freezing rain fell last week. Many have been moved to temporary accommodation, while others complain of no water or heat.

Vladivostok, Russia's Far Eastern capital, is no stranger to extreme weather, but the latest situation has caught even its residents by surprise. In certain districts, where electricity and water have not yet been restored, the military is handing out food and water from temporary field kitchens. As of Sunday, despite power being returned to most homes, around 60,000 residents still remain without electricity. Other nearby cities, such as Artyom, are also affected.

Comment: SOTT logged this event when it occurred 5 days ago but to see that Vladivostok - a region that is used to extremely low temperatures - is still struggling to cope, gives us an idea of just how unusual this event was.

And it's not just Russia that is extraordinary cold:


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Northwestern US snowpack now 200 - 400% above normal - Mt Baker, Washington gets nearly 8 feet of snow in 8 days

Mt. Baker ski resort
© KOMO
Mt. Baker ski resort
With the mountain snow season in the Cascades off to a robust start and with La Nina giving consistent signs it could become a strong event this winter, it might be a good time to revisit Mt. Baker's world-record seasonal snowfall, writes meteorologist Scott Sistek.

Washington State's Mt Baker area recorded an amazing 1,140 inches of snow some 22 years ago during the epic winter season of 1998-99.

When that world-snowfall record was set we were going into a la Nina like we are now, says Sistek, with NW snow pack now 200 - 400% above normal, 31″ forecast there, next 10 days.

Snowflake Cold

Winter is coming: The top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire looked like a frozen wasteland

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© Patrick Hummel
Holy cow! It's a bit cold on top of Mount Washington State Park.

Check out these pictures below of sheer frozenness. It looks like everything has been dusted in powdered sugar but if only it were that sweet.

Temperatures at the summit on Wednesday, according to the New Hampshire State Parks Facebook page, were at 2 degrees but with the windchill, it was really like -30 degrees.

According to the New Hampshire State Parks, this winter wonderland was 3 inches of snowfall and wind gusts of 50-70 miles an hour.

Park Manager Patrick Hummel braved these incredible conditions to bring us these photos.

Snowflake

Flights grounded, highways closed as snowstorms hit northeast China

A man rides an electric vehicle in snow on Zhongshan Road in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Nov. 19, 2020.

A man rides an electric vehicle in snow on Zhongshan Road in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Nov. 19, 2020.
Snowstorms in China's northernmost province of Heilongjiang have grounded more than 100 flights and forced expressways and schools to be closed, local authorities said Thursday.

The province's meteorological center has issued a red alert for heavy snow, the highest in China's weather warning system, and upgraded the emergency response to the second-highest level.

Snowfall of up to 25.8 mm was recorded in cities including Harbin and Mudanjiang, bringing a blanket of snow 17 cm deep in some places, according to the center.

Educational authorities in Harbin, the provincial capital of Heilongjiang, said primary and middle schools and kindergartens in the city would be closed on Thursday due to heavy snowfall.


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Storm dumps up to 16 inches of snow in 24 hours on Tahoe-area ski resorts

The upper mountain at Squaw Valley received 16 inches of fresh snow overnight, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.
© Brandon Skinner
The upper mountain at Squaw Valley received 16 inches of fresh snow overnight, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.
The strongest weather system so far this season brought a healthy supply of snow to the Sierra, with multiple ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe-area receiving over a foot in a 24-hour stretch.

Heavy snow developed over the mountains on Tuesday afternoon and snow showers continued into Wednesday morning, causing traffic delays for unprepared drivers while producing solid snow totals.

On the upper mountains at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, 16 inches fell as the resort prepares to open both mountains on Nov. 25.

"The storm came in wet and dropped heavy, saturated snow that is perfect for this time of year, as it creates a strong base layer that thoroughly coats the ground," Public Relations Specialist Alex Spychalsky said in a release.