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Yosemite reaches snow milestone - new record of 154 inches of snowfall to date

Height of snow in Tuolumne Meadows on December 27, 2021.

Height of snow in Tuolumne Meadows on December 27, 2021.
The recent winter storms that blanketed Yosemite National Park have set a record for the snowiest December since 1980 when record-keeping started.

Just this week another 78 inches of new snow fell on Tuolumne Meadows. That equals six feet of settled snow, according to park officials. Adding that to the snow accumulation already this month, it brings the total amount to 154 inches to date. The previous most snow recorded in December was 143 inches in 1996.


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Weather whiplash in Alaska: After December's warm spell came Icemageddon

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© AP Photo/Elaine Thompson
Alaska has experienced extreme weather since Christmas, with an unusually warm weekend leading to freezing rain and snowstorms

A late December warm spell has caused chaos in Alaska, as moisture-soaked winds bombarded the US state with heavy precipitation, causing what the authorities dubbed an "Icemageddon."

Temperatures rose to record-highs in coastal parts of Alaska last week. On Kodiak Island, they spiked to 67F (19.4C) on Sunday, setting a statewide historic record for December. On Monday, they again broke the 60F(15.5C) benchmark before starting to decrease on Tuesday.

Comment: When the jet stream becomes unstable, this is one of the results.


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World Snow Wrap, December 31 - Powder days in Japan, the US, Canada and Europe as 2021 goes out with bang

JT Holmes, letting them run in Palisades Tahoe after the storm cleared.
© Jeff Engerbretson
JT Holmes, letting them run in Palisades Tahoe after the storm cleared.
Wow, New Year's Eve and the end of 2021 and I expect many of you are happy to see the end of it, but a big Happy New Year from all of us at Mountainwatch to you.

It's fair to say 2021 is going out in a big way in the Northern Hemisphere with consistent snowfalls seeing out the year in the US and Japan while there were light to moderate falls in the European Alps last weekend. In Canada there has also been some decent falls over the past week, but it has been super cold with daily maximum temps as low as -30c. Let's check it all out:

USA

It has been a massive week across the Western US, with resorts in the Sierras, Cascades and Rockies all receiving good snow falls with big snow totals. The biggest news is the massive totals in California over the past week, where the resorts in Tahoe have had the snowiest December ever with most resorts reporting monthly totals over five metres. The big totals are thanks to two significant storms and it is a big turnaround from the first week of December when the Tahoe resorts delayed openings due to lack of snow!


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Wind and heavy snow create 'blizzard conditions' in Fairbanks, Alaska - December record snowfall for Denali National Park

Fairbanks Residents Wake to Blizzard Conditions

Fairbanks residents wake to blizzard conditions as intense storm hits
Residents of Fairbanks, Alaska, dealt with "blizzard conditions" in some locations on Wednesday, December 29, as heavy wind and snow whipped the area.

The severe weather impacting Fairbanks capped what is now the city's wettest December on record, according to the National Weather Service.

Elsewhere in the state, an observation site at Denali National Park received 74.5 inches of snow during December, making a new record.


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Severe blizzard hits the Republic of Bashkiria in Russia

Massive road accident with fatalities occurred in Bashkiria due to snowstorm

Massive road accident with fatalities occurred in Bashkiria due to snowstorm
Forty-two cars were captured in snow in Bashkiria, where there is a severe blizzard and visibility is limited on the roads.

A rescue operation is underway, according to the regional department for emergency situations.

The section of the M-5 highway in Bashkiria is temporarily closed to buses, trucks and taxis due to bad weather.

It is noted that cleaning equipment arrived at the scene.

The department said that on Sunday morning at this intersection, rescuers had already rescued a stuck car and three people.


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Blizzard hits Murmansk, Russia

Murmansk, Russia.
Snow buries streets and cars! ⚠️ Insane blizzard with winds storm hits Murmansk, Russia.


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Up to 4 feet of snowfall and sharp drop in temperatures in Nepal

Heavy snowfall as seen in Mudkechula Rural
© Hemanta KC/RSS
Heavy snowfall as seen in Mudkechula Rural Municipality, lower dolpa, December 29, 2021. At least 70 % of Dolpa is covered in snow, at present, which has affected lives at great extent.
Snowfall that occurred in many places in the mountainous and high hilly region of the country since Sunday evening, has affected the normal life.

A report from Phungling in Taplejung district of Province 1 stated that heavy snowfall since Sunday evening has led to a sharp drop in mercury in the mountainous region. Heavy snowfall was witnessed at Ghunsa and other areas in Phaktanglung Rural Municipality which is situated at an altitude of 3,400 metres.

Although moderate snowfall started occurring in Ghunsa area from the last week alone, last night saw heavy snowfall which has affected the normal life in the areas, said Pema Sherpa, a local.

He shared that people have not been able to go outdoors due to the snowfall and accumulation of thick snow outside. The children and the elderly people have been affected the most due to the freezing cold, he added.


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Tens of thousands powerless as snow piles up in Placer, Nevada Counties in California

Quinn, a golden retriever, is seen buried under a pile of snow in North Lake Tahoe, Calif. The region was inundated by snowstorms, trapping many Tahoe residents in their homes, sometimes for days.
© Mike Rogge
Quinn, a golden retriever, is seen buried under a pile of snow in North Lake Tahoe, Calif. The region was inundated by snowstorms, trapping many Tahoe residents in their homes, sometimes for days.
In Nevada and Placer Counties, tens of thousands of Pacific Gas and Electric customers have been left powerless as temperatures drop and more severe weather comes our way.

One local fire district is calling for a local emergency declaration because first responders are having so much trouble getting to calls for service.

The heavy snow coming down is hitting foothill communities with a knockout punch, snapping trees and downing power lines. Snow plows were busy keeping roads clear as Nevada City and Grass Valley streets were left in the dark.

PG&E crews could be seen assessing the damage block by block.

"Just been kind of hunkered down and just been making due with what we got," Nevada City resident Jeff Ward said.

Ward decided to turn his power outage into an opportunity. His home is one of the thousands with no electricity. He decided to barbecue a makeshift meal in the snow.


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Cold wave sweeps through northern China sending temperatures plunging to -46.9 degrees Celsius

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The temperature in the city of Hulunbuir, in northern China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, plummeted to -46.9 degrees Celsius on December 23, 2021, as a cold front swept through the region.

Temperatures in other parts of northern China plunged to -40 degrees Celsius, prompting major supermarkets to increase supplies of necessities, including fruits and vegetables.


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Edmonton pauses non-essential snow and ice-clearing work due to extreme cold as Environment Canada issue warning for Alberta

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The City of Edmonton announced Monday that, due to the extreme cold temperatures, it would be pausing "non-essential snow and ice-clearing work, including Phase 2 residential areas."

In a news release, the city said: "the current temperatures present a significant risk to employees, equipment and contracted equipment.

"Temperatures will be monitored and operations will resume when it is safe to do so."

The city said crews would continue to respond to "safety-sensitive notifications" and address "emergent and priority issues."