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Skier killed in avalanche on mountain near Las Vegas, Nevada

Mount Charleston, NV.
© Quincy Koetz
Mount Charleston, NV.
A man skiing in the backcountry in the Mount Charleston area near Las Vegas died Monday in an avalanche, local law enforcement authorities announced Tuesday.

The skier, identified as Las Vegas resident Punan Zhou, was swept about 500 feet (152 meters) down Mummy Mountain before friends found him using a location-tracking device, said Sgt. Matt Marlow of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's search and rescue team.

Authorities on Monday initially described the man as an injured hiker.


Mammoth Mountain ski resort in California closed due to too much snow - 13 FEET in just 9 DAYS since start of year

© Patrick Griley/Mammoth Lakes Tourism
Thanks to continued snowfall, Mammoth Mountain, CA, has reported 40 - 54 inches from this current storm with an expected snow accumulation of 22 -28 inches today.

Mammoth Mountain has surpassed last year's season snowfall total and, with 419″ of fresh snow at the summit, is now officially the snowiest ski area on Earth. 310 inches have dropped at the Main Lodge, including 13 feet since January 1. The resort also has the deepest base in the country.

Mammoth has been closed today due to the intense snowfall conditions and very dangerous travel in the area. Roads have been heavily impacted and are not plowed. The resort will focus on avalanche mitigation work today and protecting our equipment. They plan to reopen tomorrow, January 11.

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Harsh winter weather sweeps across Central Asia - Temperatures in Kazakhstan are slipping to below -30 degrees Celsius

Utility workers in Almaty, Kazakhstan, clearing away snow on the street last week.
© Almaty city hall
Utility workers in Almaty, Kazakhstan, clearing away snow on the street last week.
The harshest phase of winter has descended with a snowy thud across all of Central Asia.

In Kazakhstan, highways are blocked. In Tajikistan, schools have been shuttered. Officials in Kyrgyzstan are pleading with apartment-dwellers to close windows to basements to avoid water pipes freezing. Trees and electricity pylons in Uzbekistan are crashing to the ground under the weight of snow.

Whole swathes of Turkmenistan, typically the warmest country in the region, are blanketed in white.

The movement on highways in Kazakhstan is so bad that Uzbek officials have even warned their own motorists against going there until the weather eases.

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1 snowmobiler killed, 1 missing in Colorado avalanche

One snowmobiler died and another was missing Saturday after becoming buried in an avalanche in unincorporated Grand County, Colorado, officials said.
© Grand County Sheriff's Office
One snowmobiler died and another was missing Saturday after becoming buried in an avalanche in unincorporated Grand County, Colorado, officials said.
A 58-year-old man was killed and another man is missing after they were struck by an avalanche in the north-central Rocky Mountains on Saturday, authorities in Colorado said.

The pair were riding snowmobiles when a wave of snow hit them on the east face of Mount Epworth in Grand County, about 6 miles east of Winter Park, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

The avalanche was reported about 2:15 p.m., and responding sheriff's deputies, search-and-rescue crews, ski patrol members, and local good Samaritans found the 58-year-old from northern Colorado buried in snow, the Grand County Sheriff's Office said.

They couldn't revive him, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, the office said in a statement. The man's identity was expected to be released later by the county coroner, it said.


Two feet of snow in Rawlins, Wyoming takes days to remove

In some areas the snow banks in the middle
© City Of Rawlins
In some areas the snow banks in the middle of the road are five feet high. Normally, these banks are not much higher than one-foot.
A snow storm that shutdown much of I-80 earlier this week left the south central city of Rawlins with an unusual amount of snow.

About two feet of snow fell in Rawlins between Sunday night and Wednesday morning, and the snow drifts were several feet deep. Even people with four-wheel drive were getting stuck in roadways.

Michael O'Brien, the utilities supervisor for the City of Rawlins, and his crew helped remove much of the snow. He said typically the area gets only a couple inches of snow in a storm.

"With this amount of snow though, it was very difficult," he said. "I mean, we had everybody from all different departments, different vehicles, every department had a vehicle out there, backhoe skid steer somewhat, trying to remove snow in places."


Snow piles up at Palisades Tahoe Ski resort - 5 feet in 7 days

Palisades Tahoe
© Blake Kessler
Palisades Tahoe
If it's raining in the Bay Area, that usually means in it's snowing in Tahoe.

Palisades Ski Resort just had a record amount of snowfall over the weekend, and it got even more Wednesday.

In the past seven days, nearly 5 feet of snow has piled up in Tahoe.


Huge amounts of snow in Norway

Geilo, Norway.

Geilo, Norway.
Where's all the snow? On the European continent, it seems that Norway has the lion's share. It's been dumping on the country's ski areas and there's much more in the forecast.

It has been snowing heavily in some of the Norwegian ski resorts over the past few days.

Those out in the snow at the moment have some of the best conditions in Europe.

Here's Norefjell.

Comment: Heavy snow causes travel chaos in Oslo, Norway


California snowpack is highest in 40 years: Officials

Snowpack levels in California's mountains were at the highest level in 40 years Jan. 3 but time will tell whether the latest storms will help deliver enough water to the state to end a three-year drought streak, state water officials reported.

California's snowpack was measured at 174 percent of the historical average for the year Tuesday, boosted by recent storms that drenched the state during the holidays and brought snow to the mountains.

The state could see even more rain and snow this week and into the weekend, bringing much-needed water supplies.

"While we see a terrific snowpack—and that in and of itself may be an opportunity to breathe a sigh of relief—we are by no means out of the woods when it comes to drought," said Karla Nemeth, director of the California Department of Water Resources.

Comment: A few recent snow reports which illustrate the heavy dumps experienced this winter season in the state thus far:


Purgatory ski resort in Colorado records 23 inches of snow in 24 hours

Resort officials are ringing in the new year with another deep powder day at Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colo. Monday, Purgatory received 23 inches of snow in 24 hours, bringing storm totals to 53 inches over the past 7 days.

Purgatory's mid-mountain base is now 52 inches with 102 open trails.

Purgatory is the only resort in North America that offers free unlimited skiing and riding to all kids ages 12 and under - no blackout days or purchase required. Guests can stop by the outside ticket window to pick up a free ticket for their little rippers. Please note proof of age is required.


Heavy snow causes travel chaos in Oslo, Norway

Heavy snow has caused travel disruption in Oslo
© Hyunwon Jang
Heavy snow has caused travel disruption in Oslo on Thursday morning. Pictured is snow and a tram in Oslo.
Commuters have been asked to consider working from home as a number of bus services in Oslo were cancelled on Thursday morning due to heavy snow.

Up to 27 bus routes have been cancelled in Oslo on Thursday morning, public broadcaster NRK reports on Thursday.

All the cancelled lines serviced east Oslo and Nittedeal. In addition to the cancelled services, many buses are delayed or have been rerouted.

"There are extremely challenging driving conditions, and it will be a challenging day today," Øystein Dahl Johansen, press officer for Ruter, told NRK.