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Up snow creek without a shovel? Ohio Department of Transportation struggling to hire seasonal plow drivers

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We have had an extraordinary stretch of fall weather but in the end, we all know the winds of Lake Erie will soon be whipping up the dreaded lake effect snow and playing havoc with our travel plans around northeast Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Transportation works long hours coordinating and executing their snow removal plan but as it stands now they have a looming problem in that they have been unable to hire anywhere near the number of seasonal plow drivers they need.

Statewide, ODOT hires 550 drivers for the winter all of whom are guaranteed 40 hours and week and in most cases work overtime hours just about every week.

They are critical workers to the job ODOT needs to accomplish and at this point, ODOT has managed to hire only about half the drivers they need statewide and that number holds in northeast Ohio.


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Early season snowfall covers British Columbia's mountains

Snow begins to cover Whistler Blackcomb in BC
© Whistler Blackcomb
Snow begins to cover Whistler Blackcomb in BC
A healthy dose of early snowfall has reached British Columbia's mountains, including on the south coast.

On Wednesday, mountain cams showed Whistler Blackcomb, Cypress Mountain, and Grouse Mountain begin to be covered in white.

And with up to 150 mm of rain expected this coming weekend, higher elevations could see even more snow.


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Early snowfall in Western Macedonia, Greece - up to 6 inches

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The first snow fell early Thursday in many mountainous areas of Western Macedonian at an altitude over 1,100 metres.

The whiteness from the early morning covered the town of Nymfaio.

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First snowfall arrives early in Hungary, nearly a foot of snow reported

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© János Vajda/MTI
Although it's only October, the first snowflakes have already fallen in Hungary. More than ten centimeters of snow fell in the Bükk, Időkép reported on Thursday. Since then, 30 centimeters of snow accumulated in Bánkút, too.

The snowfall started on Wednesday and continued throughout the night. According to the Hungarian Public Road Nonprofit Ltd. and the Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County Disaster Management Directorate, the Bánkút access road and a section of the Miskolc-Dédestapolcsány connecting road were closed due to the earlier snowfall and trees falling on the road.


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Snowstorm hits Wyoming with as much as 20 inches of early snow

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© Dan Cepeda, Oil City
The first snowfall of the season dropped as much as 17.4 inches of snow in the Casper area, according to final totals shared by the National Weather Service in Riverton on Wednesday.

The storm moved in on Monday night and dropped 17.4 inches by Wednesday west southwest of Casper. The Casper-Natrona County International Airport saw 12.7 inches of snow, according to the NWS in Riverton.

Snow telemetry (SNOTEL) sites in the eastern Bighorns recorded the highest snowfall totals in the storm. 20 inches fell at Soldier Park, 19 inches at Hansen Sawmill and 18 inches at Cloud Peak.


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Rocky Mountains experience 1st big snowfall early in the season - over 2 feet of snow reported

While Wisconsin struggles to get any hint of fall weather, parts of the Rocky Mountains have already received their first big snowfall of the season. Since Monday, Oct. 11 parts of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming have received well over 2' of snow with isolated pockets at higher elevations receiving more.

Another system that arrives Wednesday, Oct. 13 lasting into the weekend of the 15th will drop easily over a foot of snow in some areas of Wyoming and Colorado.

Snowfall forecast from Wednesday, Oct. 13 through Friday, Oct. 15

Snowfall forecast from Wednesday, Oct. 13 through Friday, Oct. 15
Generally, higher elevations are the first to start seeing big snows in Fall but a sign of changing seasons is yet to arrive in the midwest. Enjoy this abnormally warm start to Fall while we have it. Start planning those ski trips soon!

Comment: For videos and images, view: Winter weather arrives early, foot or more of snow in high country of Colorado


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Summer and winter are clashing, delivering tornadic weather and feet of snow to US

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A clash between summer and winter across the central US is causing an autumn outbreak of snow where the air is colder and severe storms, along with tornadoes and flash flooding, where it's warmer.

There's a "big temperature contrast across the country as a battle of the seasons commences," said the Weather Prediction Center.

Cooler-than-average temperatures have infiltrated the West, while above-average temperatures are occupying the East.

Between the two competing air masses is where the extreme weather will battle.

Autumn severe weather is very similar to severe outbreaks we see in early spring -- as colder air clashes with oncoming warming, says CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

"The shorter fall severe weather season occurs when the warm air of summer is pushed away by the incoming colder air of winter."

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Winter weather arrives early, foot or more of snow in high country of Colorado

Clouds lift from the West Needles on Tuesday morning to reveal the snow-covered San Juan Mountains north of Durango.
© Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
Clouds lift from the West Needles on Tuesday morning to reveal the snow-covered San Juan Mountains north of Durango.
Mountain passes turn icy; Wolf Creek Pass closes for five hours

Winter may be a couple of months away, but Southwest Colorado got its first taste of cold and snow Tuesday, with reports of over a foot of snow in the high country.

Scott Stearns, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said an official inch count of how much snow fell in the mountains north of Durango will not be available until Wednesday.

"We usually get a lot of reports the morning after the snow occurs," Stearns said.

Snow reportedly started falling just after midnight Tuesday, with the Colorado Department of Transportation reporting 6 inches of snow on mountain passes as early as 5:30 a.m.

"Our plow drivers were out plowing the surface of the roadways, and they've been after it throughout the day," said CDOT spokeswoman Lisa Schwantes.


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Early snow and fog blanket Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon’s South Rim Village around noon Oct. 12.
© E. Keable
Grand Canyon’s South Rim Village around noon Oct. 12.
Grand Canyon National Park has experienced the first snowstorm of the season Oct. 12.

The park reported that around 3:30 p.m., the fog and clouds parted to reveal the canyon.

Freezing temperatures tonight and Wednesday morning, with a gradual warming trend this weekend are expected in the Grand Canyon area.

South Rim Village roads have been plowed and are mostly clear, however wet road surfaces will turn into black ice in a few hours. The public is asked to watch their speed.

Foot traction and trekking poles are recommended on footpaths and trails.


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Snow makes an early fall appearance in northern Arizona

A cat investigated fresh snowfall in Flagstaff, Arizona, on October 12.

A cat investigated fresh snowfall in Flagstaff, Arizona, on October 12.
The calendar says it's fall, but many parts of Arizona got a dusting of white snow overnight, including Flagstaff, where many broke out the winter coats. FOX 10 Photojournalist Joe Tillman headed north for a look at the early winter blast.