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Week of winter storms drops more than 5 FEET of snow in Flagstaff, Arizona area

A collapsed hoop house at the U.S. Geological
© Jake Bacon, Arizona Daily Sun
A collapsed hoop house at the U.S. Geological Survey on Switzer Mesa collapsed under the weight of snow following a series of winter storms that dropped more than 3 feet of snow on Flagstaff. The three hoop houses are part of an experiment to test drought tolerance of native plants from the Colorado Plateau.
Winter storms in the past week dropped more than 5 feet of snow in parts of Flagstaff. And additional snowfall is expected with the latest weather system moving in Thursday night.

Angelina Grubb is with the Arizona Snowbowl. She said skiers and snowboarders will have plenty of fresh powder this weekend.

"It's been great to see that much snowfall so early in the season, and so we're really happy about it," Grubb said.

Comment: Record-breaking snowfall blankets northern Arizona

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2 missing as heavy rainfall causes flooding in southwest Serbia

Emergency teams in Serbia Thursday were searching for two people swept away by a swollen river in a southwestern town as floods led to evacuations and emergency measures, state RTS television reported.

Heavy rainfall this week across the Balkans has caused rivers to rise dangerously in Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro, flooding some areas and threatening flood defenses elsewhere.

Floods were also reported in Kosovo and Albania, where high waters soaked agricultural land, blocked roads and caused temporary power outages.

In northern Albania, the local power company had to open sluices and release water from bulging reservoirs, flooding nearby areas for a third time in as many months.

In northern Kosovo, authorities said parts of the town of Mitrovica have been flooded, forcing people to evacuate their homes.


Record-breaking snowfall blankets northern Arizona

Bearizona keepers report that the park has received more than 28 inches of snow at the wildlife park!
© Bearizona
Bearizona keepers report that the park has received more than 28 inches of snow at the wildlife park!
More than 2 feet of snow fell over two days across parts of northern Arizona, becoming the 25th largest snow event in Flagstaff history and breaking the record for single-day snow accumulation on Sunday.

The Flagstaff Airport measured 14.8 inches on Sunday, smashing the previous record of 8.9 inches that held for 45 years. As snow continued to fall, accumulation eventually reached 30 inches at the airport by Tuesday morning.

The last time Flagstaff saw a storm of this magnitude was in late January 2021 when officials measured a 33.2-inch snowfall.

The areas impacted by the storm were expansive, said meteorologist Benjamin Peterson, including most areas at elevation above 5,500 feet, stretching from the northern rim of the Grand Canyon east to the White Mountains.

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California mudslides force evacuations in Berkeley Hills neighborhood, prompts warnings at UC Campus

mudslide calfirnia berkeley january 2023
© UC Berkeley Police
A mudslide forcing a road closure at UC Berkeley, January 16, 2023.
The mudslides come amid a series of major winter storms that have walloped California in recent week

A mudslide in a Berkeley Hills neighborhood in Northern California Monday morning forced around 10 homes to evacuate as nearby residents were warned to prepare to leave quickly if needed, fire officials said.

Berkeley police said The Spiral, a short road off Wildcat Canyon Road, and Middlefield Road, north of the Crossways, were both closed.

A mudslide forcing a road closure at UC Berkeley. (UC Berkeley Police)

A mudslide has also closed Wildcat Canyon Road between Sunset and Park Hills roads. Authorities responded to the area around 7 a.m.

Berkeley Fire Battalion Chief Bill Kehoe said the ground was still moving and trees could be heard cracking from the side as of around 9 a.m.

No injuries have been reported so far. Around 20 residents that were affected by the evacuation orders were being assisted by the Red Cross.


Top 10, 2023 total snowfall in North America, mid-season check


Brighton Resort
Its January 15th which is not only MLK weekend but also roughly the middle of the season for much of the North American ski resorts across the USA and Canada. We decided to take a look at the top 50 snowfalls across the continent to see who has had the most snow so far of the 22/23 season. Hint, the whole top 10 only comprises of ski resorts in Utah and California, are we really that surprised as the conditions across these two states have been all time since mid to late December.

All the snowfall numbers in this video have been taken directly from the ski resorts published numbers on their website as of 15th January 2023. A few days ago there was a report of 444" at Mammoth Mountain however this was never published to their website so we have listed them with what is showing to date.

Comment: Many US ski resorts already surpassed their peak total snowpack for last season


Weekend storm produces up to 2 feet of snow in Utah, advisories issued for next system

Motorists drive near Brighton Ski Resort
© Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Motorists drive near Brighton Ski Resort on Wednesday. The resort received another 2 feet of snow over the weekend and may receive another foot or more in the next few days as a result of the next storm to impact Utah.
Sundance Resort received 28 inches of additional snow, while Alta, Brighton and Snowbird resort areas also received near or more than 2 feet of snow from a storm system that arrived in the state Saturday and lingered into Sunday.

The storm ultimately produced robust snow accumulations across the state's mountain resorts. Eagle Point, Park City Mountain, Snowbasin and Solitude resorts all received more than a foot of snow from the storm, as well, which has recreation enthusiasts salivating. Utah Department of Transportation officials tweeted that parking lots of multiple Cottonwood Canyons ski resorts were full Monday morning, as skiers and snowboarders looked to take advantage of the fresh powder.

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Dozen sheltering sheep killed by lightning in Central Otago, New Zealand

About a dozen sheep were killed when lightning struck a tree on a Naseby farm.
© Phil Smith
About a dozen sheep were killed when lightning struck a tree on a Naseby farm.
A lightning strike near Naseby, Otago which left a dozen sheep and lambs dead has prompted a sobering reminder to stay indoors during thunderstorms.

Maniototo farmer Phil Smith said five ewes and seven lambs were sheltering under a tree on his property when it was struck by lightning on January 6, killing them instantly.

He said he had heard of it happening on other farms around New Zealand, but it was the first time he had seen it on his farm.

"I didn't know it had happened for the first few days. I only got notified by my neighbour. She walked her dogs down the road and she came across them and rang me about it.


Over 7.5 feet of snow in a week from California storm falls at UC lab in the Sierra

A snow blower attempts to clear the roadway on Interstate 80 near Kingvale on Jan. 15, 2022.
© Caltrans
A snow blower attempts to clear the roadway on Interstate 80 near Kingvale on Jan. 15, 2022.
Researchers at the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab near Donner Pass said they recorded 21.5 inches of snow between Saturday and Sunday morning as a winter storm warning remains in effect until 10 p.m. Monday for the Sierra Nevada and Tahoe Basin.

"We are now 204% of average precipitation to this point in the water year (Oct 1 to Sept 30) and we have 92% of our average peak seasonal #Snow Water Equivalent (SWE)," the lab tweeted Sunday, noting the snow water equivalent refers to the amount of water that can be collected by melting the snowpack.

At least 7.5 feet of snow has fallen at the lab in the last week. Caltrans said about one inch an hour had fallen over Donner Summit from Friday through Sunday alone.

"It's still coming down hard out there!" the lab tweeted earlier on Saturday. "The snowpack is DEEP with ~10 feet (3 meters) of snow already on the ground!"

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Deadly flash floods in Medellín, Colombia

Floods in Medellín, Colombia, 14 January 2023.
© DAGRD – Medellín
Floods in Medellín, Colombia, 14 January 2023.
Government officials in Medellín, capital of Antioquia Department in Colombia, report at least 2 people have died after stormy weather and flash floods struck the city on 14 January 2023.

Streets of the city were flooded following a period of heavy rain. Strong winds of more than 100 km/h also caused damage. Emergency services received over 180 calls for assistance late on 14 January 2023. Around 25 people suffered injuries as a result of the severe weather.

The worst of the flooding occurred in the Conquistadores neighbourhood where firefighters discovered a vehicle completely submerged in flood water with two people dead inside.


Many US ski resorts already surpassed their peak total snowpack for last season

Mammoth Mountain, CA, has the most recorded snowfall out of any ski area on Earth right now.
© Patrick Griley/Mammoth Lakes Tourism
Mammoth Mountain, CA, has the most recorded snowfall out of any ski area on Earth right now.
The top three resorts in this list have the most recorded snowfall in the world. Let that sit for a second.

Many of the resorts on this list have already surpassed their peak total snowpack for last season and it's only mid-January. Where will the rest of the winter take us? Could it be a record-breaking year? Time will tell but for now you can revel at these massive snowfall numbers and pinch yourself that there's still an entire half of a season left to go.

Open ski resorts with the most snowfall this season to date...