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Winter storm brings over 50 inches of snowfall in 24 hours to Rabbits Ear Pass, Colorado

Winter Park Resort's snow stake maxed out during Friday's heavy storm.
© Winter Park Resort
Winter Park Resort's snow stake maxed out during Friday's heavy storm.
Heavy snow closed roads across the county Friday, with some parts of Grand seeing more than 30 inches of accumulation.

The National Weather Service recorded 32.5 inches of snow at Berthoud Pass in the last 24 hours. Winter Park saw 30 inches and Grand Lake got 18 inches.

Rabbits Ear Pass has accumulated over 50 inches in the past day.

Meteorologist Joel Gratz of OpenSnow.com is reporting 30 inches at Winter Park Resort from the storm. He predicted a dry day Saturday, with another storm coming in Saturday night through Monday.


Comment: Also in the region: 'This is a truly historic storm' - 3 feet of snow falls on Vail Mountain, Colorado


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'This is a truly historic storm' - 3 feet of snow falls on Vail Mountain, Colorado

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No friends on powder days, they say. But there are plenty of strangers.

As of 5 a.m. Friday, Vail Mountain had seen 17 inches in 24 hours. By the end of the day, that number was up to 31 inches, according to Greg Johnson, vice president of mountain operations at Vail Mountain. Some parts of the mountain saw up to 36 inches.

"This is a truly historic storm," Johnson said. "The snow hasn't let up all day, so we're expecting great conditions throughout the weekend and into next week."


Comment: Also in Colorado, Steamboat Resort received 18 inches of snow in 24 hours on the same day.




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60 inches of snow in 4 days at Apex Mountain, British Columbia - Most snow in 40-plus years

Apex Mountain Resort sees most snow in 40-plus years.
© Apex Mountain Resort Instagram
Apex Mountain Resort sees most snow in 40-plus years.
James Shalman likens the conditions at Apex Mountain Resort to skiing on clouds.

"You're skiing in this kind of weightless powder zone, the snow is blowing up over your shoulders, it truly is what you live for as a skier or snowboarder," Shalman, Apex general manager, said from the top of the hill Friday.

Apex Mountain has smashed through snowfall records this week, seeing over 150 centimetres in the last four days, and it's still coming down.

"We just happen to be in this little storm cell, and it just hit us, in a great way," Shalman said.

He has been at Apex for 20 years and can't recall a bigger, longer-lasting dump of snow, and he's been talking to locals in the lift lines whose memories stretch even further.


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Severe winter weather in central and eastern Europe - at least 3 killed

A snowplow pulls a truck stranded along a snow-covered road in the village of Naklerov, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.

A snowplow pulls a truck stranded along a snow-covered road in the village of Naklerov, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.
A series of winter storms across central and eastern Europe claimed another life on Thursday after an elderly man was found dead in his snow-trapped car in Serbia.

The spate of blizzards and strong winds combined with heavy rain and snow have left at least three people dead across the region.

Serbian police said Thursday they found a man's body while rescuing around 20 people, including five children, from their blocked cars on a road the southwestern part of the country.


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Winter storm drops snow on Haleakala, Big Island summits, Hawaii

Winter storm drops snow on Haleakala

Winter storm drops snow on Haleakala
A deep cold front dropped snow on the summits of Haleakala on Maui, and Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island, resulting in snowcaps on Hawaii's three tallest mountains.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu had those summits under a winter storm warning through noon Friday.

A dusting of snow fell on summit of Haleakala, which tops out at about 10,023 feet. The road to the summit was closed for much of the day Friday because of icy conditions.

Meanwhile, snow accumulations of up to 6 inches is in the forecast for the Big Island summits.


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Snowfall, blizzard cause traffic disruptions across Romania

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Roads and railways have closed, trains have been canceled and schools have closed across the country after the recent snowfall and blizzard.

The A2 highway, linking Bucharest to Constanța, a city on the Romanian Black Sea coast, closed on the evening of February 5 because of the blizzard, G4media.ro reported.

In Buzău, Brăila, Ialomița and Tulcea counties, all national and county roads were closed between 22:00 and 08:00 for all vehicles, except the intervention ones.

In Harghita and Covasna counties segments of national roads were closed for traffic after trees fell onto the roads, while the blizzard closed national roads in Constanța county (DN 2A Hârșova - Ovidiu and DN22 Ovidiu - Tulcea). In Prahova county, the traffic was blocked on the national road DN1A Ploiești - Cheia because of the trees that had fallen down, while the DN 71 Sinaia - Moroieni was closed because of the blizzard. Similarly, roads were closed in Galati county (DN24 D Galați-Bârlad) and in Călărași county (DN 3 Călărași - Lehliu - Fundulea, DN3A Fetești - Lehliu, DN 31 Oltenița - Călărași, DN 21 Călărași - Slobozia and DN 3B Călărași- Borcea) because of the blizzard.


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Villages without electricity, water due to 2 meters of snowfall in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Due to strong winds and snow, all the villages around Sokolac are without electricity and the city is without water.

Sokolac Mayor Milovan Bjelica told RTRS that snowfall in some villages exceeds two meters.

He said the mechanization was working to maintain the main roads and that private machines for cleaning roads to the villages were also employed.

"The routes to the centers of the local communities are mostly walkable, but the villages are all blocked.
I am in constant contact with the commander of the Police Station and the director of the Forestry Department, whose teams are on the field towards Kalina, where a lot of trees fell on the road and created additional problems," said Bjelica.


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Big snows: Another snowfall record broken in Revelstoke area in British Columbia

Avalanche control at Three Valley Gap
© Ministry of Transportation
Avalanche control at Three Valley Gap
Three Valley Gap received record breaking snowfalls for January

It's been a record year for snow levels at Three Valley Gap, roughly 20 km west of Revelstoke on Highway 1.

Although the season started below average in November, the Ministry of Transportation noted record breaking snowfalls for both December and January.

Three Valley Gap received 287 cm of snow in December, which is 171 per cent above average and record breaking. It also got 233 cm last month, which is 145 per cent above average and a new record for January.

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Big White ski resort in British Columbia breaks snowfall record

Big White Ski Resort is having a record-breaking season.
© Big White Ski Resort
Big White Ski Resort is having a record-breaking season.
As of this morning, the resort has recorded a cumulative snowfall of 615 cm and it's still snowing.

Well that didn't take long.

Big White Ski Resort received 25 cm of snow in the last 24 hours, helping the resort break its all-time snowfall record by five centimetres set in 2015.

As of this morning (Feb. 6), the resort has recorded a cumulative snowfall of 615 cm and it's still snowing.

With so much snow the resort has already announced it will remain open until the third week of April, which is about a week longer than usual.