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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
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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.

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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.

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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.


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Power plant in Russia's Vladivostok halts operation due to snow cyclone

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Over 90,000 residents of the city are left without electricity

The Vostochnaya Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHPP) in Vladivostok has halted electricity generation because of heavy ice with wind, press service of the Russian Energy Ministry told TASS on Thursday.

"The Energy Ministry exercises special control over power supply in the Primorsky Region: a portion of power transmission line turned off due to heavy snow with wind; Vostochnaya CHPP halted electricity generation, and power supply to a portion of consumers has been disrupted," the press service says.


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Series of powerful storms boost early season snowpack in the Teton Mountains - up to 68 inches fell in 9 days

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A series of powerful winter storms brought heavy snowfall to the Tetons over the past week. Through the first week of November, snow cover in the mountains was very light, but that changed in a hurry over the past seven days.

From November 9 through 16, the Rendezvous Bowl Plot at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort recorded 60 inches of snow, and if you go back to November 7, that total expands to 68 inches. The Rendezvous Bowl Plot eclipsed its average November snowfall (which is 59 inches) in just one week.

Heavy snow fell in the valley as well, with one-week totals ranging from 1-2 feet. Impressive for mid-November!



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Let it snow! Hawaii summits get an early dusting

A webcam at the summit of Mauna Loa shows a dusting of snow at at Mokuʻāweoweo caldera.
© USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
A webcam at the summit of Mauna Loa shows a dusting of snow at at Mokuʻāweoweo caldera.
The summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa got a light snowcap Sunday morning.

Cold temperatures aloft combined with some moisture to give the state's two tallest mountains a dusting of snow overnight.

Web cams near the summits of both mountains on the Big Island showed a thin coat of snow on the ground.

The National Weather Service said temperatures were cold enough Sunday morning to support more snow showers, but no significant accumulations were expected.

Comment: It's only October, but the snow is already falling atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii


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Record November snowfall of 3 feet hits northern Pakistan, blocking roads

A car covered in snow appear stuck in what seems to be at least two feet of snow on a street in Lower Dir

A car covered in snow appear stuck in what seems to be at least two feet of snow on a street in Lower Dir
Up until Saturday, three feet of snow was recorded in Mahodand and two each in Kalam, Malam Jabba and adjoining areas.

Lower Dir was in the grips of an extreme cold weather on Sunday after experiencing what was said to be record rain and snowfall that continued for a second day.


Comment: Samaa.tv also reports:
Winter is coming: Snow, rain send temperatures plunging across Pakistan

Snowfall in Gilgit, Chitral

The first snow, and rainfall in multiple parts of Pakistan have signaled the arrival of winter in the country.

Northern areas such as Chitral, Abbottabad, parts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Nathiagali experienced the season's first snowfall along with cool winds.

Following this, the temperatures dropped, forcing residents to take out their jackets, sweaters and blankets.

In Chitral, over three feet of snow was recorded in the last two days. Due to this, multiple roads to and from the city were blocked. Ghizar experienced a similar situation.



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20 inches of snow falls in 24 hours at Big White ski resort in British Columbia

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50 cm of snow in past 24 hours, 77 cm in last seven days

Yesterday (Nov. 13) was a good day for ski resorts, especially Big White Ski Resort.

In the past 24 hours, 50 centimeters (20 inches) of new snow has fallen, 77 cm (30 in) in the past seven days.

The alpine snow base is now 68 cm (27 in) deep, and the total cumulative snowfall is 94 cm (37 in).

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Over 2 feet of snow in 5 days at Bogus Basin, Idaho - 'Never seen this much snow this early in the season'

Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin
After more than 2 feet of snow and more expected to come in the mountains, Bogus Basin announced Friday its hike park will be open again this weekend.

The non-profit recreation area announced the free ski/snowboard park will be open this Saturday and Sunday.

Over the past five days, the park has seen an additional two feet of snow. With the natural snow and snow making efforts, Bogus Basin is ready for the season to open Nov. 27, according to a news release.

"In my 32 years at Bogus Basin, I've never seen so much snow this early in the season," said Nate Shake, director of Mountain Operations, in a news release.