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Avalanche kills two skiers in Japan's Nagano region

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The bodies of two men caught in an avalanche on Sunday have been found in Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Extensive searches took place after the incident, which happened on the east slope of Mount Hakuba Norikura.

Japanese authorities have not revealed their identity but confirmed they were from a group of five foreign skiers.

Local police said they believed the men were off-piste skiing separately from the rest of the group when the avalanche took place.

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Six dead and more than 250,000 without power as storm hits southern US

A lone driver makes their way through icy road conditions at the LBJ 635 Freeway and North Dallas Tollway interchange on Tuesday.
© Tony Gutierrez/AP
A lone driver makes their way through icy road conditions at the LBJ 635 Freeway and North Dallas Tollway interchange on Tuesday.
Watches and warnings stretch from Texas to Tennessee and Mississippi, causing traffic delays and flight cancellations

Dangerous road conditions from bands of sleet and snow were blamed for six deaths as a winter storm snarled traffic across parts of the US, forcing the cancelation of flights and leaving hundreds of thousands without power in several southern states.

Watches and warnings stretched from Texas to Tennessee and Mississippi. Several rounds of mixed precipitation, including freezing rain and sleet, were in store for many areas throughout Wednesday, meaning some regions could be hit multiple times, forecasters said.

"It actually looks like it's going to be getting worse again across Texas, it is already a pretty big area of freezing rain across western and south-western Texas," said Bob Oravec, National Weather Service lead forecaster in Camp Springs, Maryland.

Oravec said the winter weather was expected to move north-east across parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas into western Tennessee and northern Mississippi, before starting to end.


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The largest 2-day snowstorm total in recorded history for the Teton Range, Wyoming (41 inches)

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Yesterday, Owen Leeper & I went up high to greet the sun.

The sun didn't bring much warmth.

NOAA reports showed wind chills of -50ºF and air temps of -18ºF.

The Tetons just received the most snow they've ever recorded in any 2 day period.

41″ in 48-hours
50″ in 50-hours.
52″ storm total.


Comment: Further south in the same state: Storm dumps 7 FEET of snow over weekend at Snowy Range, Wyoming


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Heavy snow shuts down border highways in Baja California, Mexico

A lone car navigates a snowy highway near La Rumorosa, Baja California.

A lone car navigates a snowy highway near La Rumorosa, Baja California.
The fifth winter storm of the season has hit northwestern Mexico, causing heavy snow in Baja California that has shut down highways and forced local schools to close.

The Centinela-La Rumorosa highway, the main route along the U.S. border, was temporarily closed in both directions on Tuesday morning, after heavy snowfall that started on Monday night in the town of La Rumorosa in the municipality of Tecate. Local authorities have set up a temporary shelter and are coordinating with the Red Cross to provide assistance to those who need it.

As of shortly before 11 a.m. local time, the state transportation ministry announced that the Centinela-La Rumorosa highway was open in both directions. The La Rumorosa-Tecate free highway was also open in both directions while the La Rumorosa-Tecate tollway remained closed, the ministry said.


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Terrifying moment avalanche hits Himalayan tourist ski resort, killing 2 skiers and burying 21 others under snow in Kashmir, India

Horrifying footage shows a wall of snow roaring down a mountainside and towards the group of skiers, sending them running for safety

Horrifying footage shows a wall of snow roaring down a mountainside and towards the group of skiers, sending them running for safety
This is the terrifying moment an avalanche swept through a Himalayan ski resort in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing two Polish skiers and burying 21 others under piles of snow.

Horrifying footage shows a wall of snow roaring down from the 14,400ft peak of Mount Apharwat and towards the group of skiers, sending them running for safety.

But a total of 21 foreign tourists and their two Kashmiri guides were caught in the massive avalanche and buried under the snow as they were skiing high in the mountains near the tourist resort town of Gulmarg, local police said.

High-altitude rescue teams rushed to the site on snow scooters and retrieved the bodies of the two Polish skiers, police officer Amod Nagpuri said.


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India: Heavy snowfall disrupts life in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand - 496 roads closed due to heavy snow (almost 3 feet)

Under-construction house damaged due to snowfall in Bandipora’s Tulail

Under-construction house damaged due to snowfall in Bandipora’s Tulail
Fresh snowfall affected road and air traffic, snapping Kashmir valley's connection with the rest of the country on Monday, and disrupted normal life in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, too, with a number of highways and states roads shut and power supply to several areas interrupted. Avalanche warnings were issued in 10 districts of J&K and in some areas of Himachal.

As many as 68 flights to and from Srinagar were cancelled and the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed following heavy snowfall in Kashmir and the upper reaches of Jammu on Monday morning. The NH was shut due to shooting stones and mudslides at several places between Chanderkot and Banihal.

In Himachal, 496 roads were closed due to heavy snow, with the Manali-Keylong road completely blocked. Daily life was thrown out of gear in Shimla, Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnur districts where 180, 158 and 73 roads, respectively, were blocked, while 908 power transformers and water supply were also affected.


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Storm dumps 7 FEET of snow over weekend at Snowy Range, Wyoming

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Fresh powder is a coveted commodity in the snowmobiling business, and riders in the Snowy Range are over their heads in the bounty of recent storms.

"We're hearing reports of up to 7 feet of powder up near the top of the range," Hunter Wright, director of operations at Albany Lodge, told Cowboy State Daily on Monday.

"It's gotten so deep in places, people are even getting stuck out on the flats," he said, adding that 4-5 feet of powder has been reported across most of the Snowy Range's extensive snowmobiling network.


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2 girls killed in avalanche, snow-landslides disrupt life in Kashmir

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Two girls were buried alive under an avalanche in Kargil, while air and road connectivity with the Kashmir Valley was cut off on Monday due to snowfall and landslides on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.

The Kashmir Valley and higher reaches of Jammu were witnessing heavy snowfall, while the plains were having rain since last night. Train services in the valley have also been suspended.

Electricity supply in several areas was snapped due to snow and rain.

Bodies of the two girls buried under the avalanche on Sunday were recovered on Monday. The police said the bodies were recovered with the help of locals. The deceased girls have been identified as 11-year-old Kulsum and 23-year-old Bilques. They were buried under the avalanche in Tangole hamlet in Panikhar area of Kargil district of Ladakh.

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Woman dies in Italy avalanche after near-miss in another snow-slip last year

Arianna Sittoni, 30, was swept to her death by an avalanche in the Lagorai mountain chain in Val Orsera, Trentino Province
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Arianna Sittoni, 30, was swept to her death by an avalanche in the Lagorai mountain chain in Val Orsera, Trentino Province
A keen mountain climber who narrowly avoided death in a snow-slip last year has died in an avalanche in Italy.

Arianna Sittoni was swept to her death by an avalanche in the Lagorai mountain chain in Val Orsera, Trentino Province, on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old, who lived in Viarago, had gone to practise ski mountaineering with guide Guido Trevisan, 46 when tragedy struck.

Arianna was completely submerged as a result of the avalanche, while Guido was left with a pocket of air underneath the snow.

He was conscious when he was rescued and taken to hospital with a broken leg. His condition is reported to be serious but not life-threatening.

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Snow closes a number of roads on Mediterranean island of Mallorca, Spain - 50cms (19.6 inches) of snowfall in 24 hours ( UPDATE)

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Snow is forecast to fall for most of the day and overnight

10 centimetres of snow fell on Saturday night in the Serra de Tramuntana and at 9 a.m. it was still snowing with a number of roads closed.

According to the Aemet met. office it could continue to snow throughout the day with the snow line falling below 600 metres - last Saturday it snowed in Palma at sea level.

The 112 emergency service is discouraging drivers from travelling to the area to avoid traffic jams and incidents.

Comment: Update January 29

From the same news source:
Up to fifty centimetres of snow in the Tramuntana Mountains

Snow at the Cúber reservoir.
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Snow at the Cúber reservoir.
On Sunday morning, the met agency Aemet reported there having been up to fifty centimetres of snow over a 24-hour period at 1,200 metres in the Tramuntana Mountains.

In its 9am update, Aemet added that there had been 15 centimetres at 800 metres. The Council of Mallorca's roads department issued advice that the MA-10 between kilometre 29 and 45 (Sa Calobra-Ses Barques mirador) was still blocked.

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The amber alert for heavy snow in the mountains will cease to be active from 10am on Sunday. However, the forecast for the mountains (in Escorca) for the rest of the day is for a high probability of precipitation with snow falling at 900 metres.

From 6 days prior: Polar freeze in Spain brings temperatures of -15°C and snow in Ibiza