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Severe sandstorm in Egypt leaves at least five people dead

Egypt sandstorm
A man covers his face as the sandstorm hits near the River Nile in Cairo
At least five people were killed in Egypt by a severe sandstorm that struck several parts of the country on Wednesday.

According to local media reports, one person was killed and two others injured when a building partially collapsed in the northeastern Port Said province.

Another four people reportedly lost their lives when a bus overturned in the northern Kafr al-Sheikh province.

The Egyptian authorities have suspended activity at four of the country's seaports due to inclement weather, while several roads in capital Cairo have been shut until further notice.

Egypt's official meteorological agency has predicted "several days" of heavy winds, which, it warned, may disrupt maritime navigation in the Mediterranean and Red Sea.

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Storms bring 4 feet of snow in 48 hours to Sierra Nevada resorts

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
Snowpack up to 103 percent of normal after slow winter start

A wave of steady storms this week, capped off Wednesday night by a powerful atmospheric river event that caused the National Weather Service to issue a rare blizzard warning, brought more than four feet of snow to some Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts.

The huge snowfall boosted the statewide Sierra snowpack to 103 percent of normal on Thursday, up from just 69 percent on Jan. 1.

It also comes ahead of one of the biggest California ski weekends of the year, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday weekend.


Snow covers Amman as winter storm sweeps across Jordan

Heavy snowfall created traffic problems in areas of the Kingdom on Wednesday night
© Amjad Ghsoun
Heavy snowfall created traffic problems in areas of the Kingdom on Wednesday night.
Authorities evacuated, between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, 131 snowbound people, after a deep, fast-moving polar front brought heavy snow to the northern and central parts of the Kingdom, according to authorities.

Snow started falling over the mountainous areas of the northern region on Wednesday afternoon, and by evening, the central parts, including the capital, also received heavy snow that quickly blocked streets in areas located 900 metres above sea level.

By Thursday noon, all of the country's roads were open to traffic, according to the Public Security Department.

Ras Munif in Ajloun Governorate, 76 kilometres northwest of Amman, recorded the highest snow accumulation at 15cm, according to Raed Rafid Al Khattab, head of the weather forecast section at the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD).

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California mountain blizzard may bring up to 100 inches of snow

sierra nevada snow
A large storm is coming ashore on the California coast and it's bringing flooding rains and heavy mountain snow. Above 5,000 feet, the snow is being measured in feet. Multiple feet.

Blizzard and Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for those areas expected to receive 80-100" of snow from the time the snow started yesterday through Thursday evening. That's more than 8 feet of snow in just a days of days. To put that in perspective, that is more snow than Roanoke has seen in 5 years.

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Environment Canada issues rare special weather statement for Montreal

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Environment Canada has been busy with weather alerts and special statements throughout Montreal's cold and snowy week, and the website was back at it again this morning in a rare alert.

This morning, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for this coming Monday - a rare release this far ahead of a storm.

"An intense winter storm is forecast to move across New England Sunday, then the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Monday," reads the alert. "It will bring significant amounts of snow and will generate very strong and frigid northerly winds that will generate blowing snow considerably reducing visibilities and making roads very slippery."

Monday's storm should invade the province of Quebec and the most affected areas should be those located near the American Border and Atlantic Canada.

The expected weather however, still depends greatly on the exact track of the storm which is "still volatile," according to Environment Canada. A track a little further north could mean that Southern Quebec may deal with a "major winter storm."

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Sierra resorts can count snowfall totals in feet - here's what they look like on Thursday, January 17

Heavenly Mountain reported 12 inches of snow in 24 hours Thursday morning.
© Heavenly Mountain Resort
Heavenly Mountain reported 12 inches of snow in 24 hours Thursday morning.
Several ski resorts in the Tahoe area, including Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Northstar California, reported receiving two feet of snow between Tuesday and Wednesdayand that's before the brunt of the storm hit.

The snow continued to pile up Wednesday night into Thursday morning, as the storm dumped wet, heavy 'Sierra cement' in the Tahoe basin.

The resorts started to boast about how much snow fell in their neck of the woods and the numbers were impressive all around. Sugar Bowl had received 15 inches of snow just overnight. Squaw Valley reported 28 inches of snow in the past 24 hours, Northstar had 26 inches, Kirkwood had 16 inches, and Heavenly had a foot. June Mountain Ski Area reported a 24-hour total of 36 inches at 7 a.m. Thursday.

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Farmers reeling after record rain in 2018 destroys crops

In this undated photo farmer Rodney Helton holds the stem of a cotton plant in his rain soaked field in Atmore, Ala.
© Tony Giberson/Pensacola News Journal
In this undated photo farmer Rodney Helton holds the stem of a cotton plant in his rain soaked field in Atmore, Ala.
Rodney Helton stood in a cotton field in Atmore, Alabama, on a Thursday morning, just over the Florida state line, with puddles of wet, mushy soil and water gathering over his dirty boots.

He reached out and plucked a sopping wet cotton boll off of a brown, rotting stem and held it between his fingers, shaking his head.

"See this?" he said, peeling the wet cotton apart like an orange. "That's not how it's supposed to be. It's supposed to be fluffy, it's cotton. That's no good. No good."

Like almost all farmers in the northern ends of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, 2018 was one for the record books, and not in a good way. The Pensacola area saw just over 90 inches of rain total last year, which is 2 feet more than it normally does. Mickey Diamond, a cotton and peanut farmer in Jay, said his town saw over 100 inches of rain.

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Five dead after massive snowstorm pummels US Midwest

winter storm
© Getty Images / Bjarne Andrén
A winter storm that buried the US Midwest in snow has resulted in at least five roadway deaths. Photos and videos posted to social media show the storm's chaotic aftermath.

The storm blanketed Kansas and Missouri on Friday, with heavy snowfall continuing into Saturday. It also hit parts of other states including Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Areas around St. Louis, Missouri were affected the hardest, with Reuters reporting that a foot and a half of snow was recorded west of the city.

The massive storm took its toll on highways and roads, where at least five people were killed as a result of dangerous driving conditions.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol wrote in a tweet on Saturday that it has responded to 3,918 calls for service, 1,790 stranded motorists, 878 crashes, and 57 injuries.

Comment: From China to Russia, world is blanketed in white - in pictures

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South East Africa - Deadly storms and floods in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique

Violent storms and flash flooding triggered by heavy rain have affected the south east African countries of Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique over the last few days. Over 20 people have reportedly died since 09 January, 2019.


Malawi's Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) reported on 11 January that flash floods in the capital Lilongwe, Central Region, have caused severe material damage, affecting around 600 people. No fatalities have been reported.

The floods were triggered by 3 hours of heavy rain on 10 January. DoDMA said that flooding had affected the areas of "Biwi, Area 22, Kaliyeka, Chipasula, Mchesi, Kawale and Area 36 in Lilongwe City, " and that "parts of Chipasula, Chidzanja and Kawale bridges have been damaged."

Further damage assessments are being carried out to form the basis for the provision of relief assistance. Malawi's Minister of Homeland Security, Nicholas Dausi, was expected to visit the affected areas on 11 January.

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World Snow Wrap, January 11 - Heavy snowfalls continue in Europe, Canada, the US and Japan

Parts of Austria buried in deep snow - more on the way!

Parts of Austria buried in deep snow - more on the way!

It has been a pretty good couple of weeks in the US western states with regular snowfalls in resorts in the Pacific north-west, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. Last weekend saw some big snowfalls in the Californian Sierras with the Tahoe resorts and Mammoth receiving huge totals, Squaw Valley receiving a massive 122cms on the upper mountain in two days last Saturday and Sunday, although the upper lifts were on wind-hold at times. Mammoth also got the goods with a solid 167cms at the Summit in a week, taking the Summits season total to 4.8 metres.

There were also good falls in Jackson Hole which received 64cms from Jan 5-7 and by all reports the snow was classic Jackson "Cowboy Powder". Utah hasn't missed out, Brighton and Snowbasin picking up 25-30cms overnight on January 6.