Major winter storms hit countries around the world, creating snow apocalypses and chaos in the US, Canada, Mexico, Iran, Turquey, and across Europe


Here a compilation of the most extreme winter weather events since the beginning of 2019.

Snow apocalypse. Picture shows snow blocking road in Chicago in 2011. via Chicago Tribune via Jalopnik

Huge amount of snow fall in the Sierra, California

The National Weather Service has issued avalanche warnings for the Sierra Nevada Sunday after a winter storm dumped heavy snow on the region. 

The backcountry avalanche warning for the Lake Tahoe area stretches south into the Sierra along the California-Nevada line from noon Sunday until 7 a.m. Monday, as blizzard conditions with gale-force winds could trigger widespread avalanche activity.

Two feet (61 centimeters) of snow was reported at Mammoth Mountain. And more than a foot (30 cm) fell in the upper elevations around Tahoe.

High avalanche risk in Alps amid heavy snow in Austria, Germany and Switzerland; 2 dead

Authorities warned Sunday of a high risk of avalanches on the northern side of the Alps, after heavy snowfall in recent days created dangerous conditions across parts of southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Authorities in Austria closed some roads and train lines because of avalanche risks, while airports in the region have seen delays as workers struggled to clear the large amount of fresh snow and de-ice planes.

About 600 residents and tourists were still stuck in the Austrian village of Soelktal following a road closure. An Austrian army helicopter managed to drop some supplies there on Sunday.

Thousands of hectares affected by snow in Sonora, Mexico

The heavy snowfall left by the fifth and sixth winter storms of the season, as well as the extreme cold, generated frost damage in thousands of crops throughout the state of Sonora.

In Guaymas, Cajeme, and Navojoa, which encompass the valleys south of Sonora, agricultural producers are analyzing possible damage in 12 thousand hectares of crops.

Agricultural producers from northern Sonora still haven’t quantified the damage because the impact of the winter storms will continue over the next days

Heavy snow paralyses the region of Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul and the region of Thrace in Turkey’s northwest were hit by heavy snowfall and strong wind which caused flight delays and cancellations. Blizzard and snowfall disrupted life in Thrace, with access to 50 schools in the region being blocked due to snowstorms.

Many roads to villages in the western province of Edrine were shut on Jan. 4 due to heavy snow. Authorities have said they will clear snow from the roads soon.

The snow reached a height of 30 centimeters in Kırklareli. Heavy snowfall was expected to continue in Thracian provinces of Tekirdağ and Kırklareli and Istanbul’s western parts until the afternoon of Jan. 4.

Meteorology officials have also warned many eastern provinces of dangers of icing, frost and avalanches. 

17 provinces blocked by snowstorm in Iran 

Snow swept across 17 provinces of Iran on Friday – West Azarbaijan, Ardebil, Isfahan, Alborz, Tehran, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, North Khorasan, Fars, Semnan, Zanjan, Qazvin, Qom, Kordestan, Gilan, Lorestan, Mazandaran, and Markazi.

Five of those 17 provinces – Tehran, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Khuzestan, Semnan, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad – were also flooded. One dead.

British Columbia storm pounds province with snow, rain, smashing records – up to 74 cms (29 inches) of snow in 24 hours

The storm that moved across B.C. over the past 72 hours has left many areas of the province cleaning up on Friday.

Whistler Blackcomb says it saw a new snowfall record for the month of December, with 384 centimetres of fresh snow falling during the month. This beat a previous record set in December 1994, by four centimetres.

Whistler Blackcomb says about 74 centimetres of snow hit the mountains between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday this week, which also caused some chaos on Highway 99 for drivers trying to get to the village.

Major winter storm slams central Italy – 6 feet of snow

An example from Gamberale, Abruzzo, central Italy in intense Adriatic sea-effect snow on January 4. Report: Concetta Menna / Meteo Da Correggio:

Heavy snowfall disrupts life in Kashmir, India

Normal life in Indian-controlled Kashmir was disrupted by heavy snowfall that lashed the region on Saturday, January 5, 2019.

12 inches of snow disrupted road traffic and cut power to thousands of people.

Likewise, Qazigund recorded 11 inches, Pahalgam 16 inches and Kupwara 17 inches of snow, officials said.

Heavy snow and strong winds hit Poland

High winds lashed the country’s northern regions, while snow paralysed much of southern Poland on January 3, 2019.

Some 1,600 customers were left without electricity at one point after fierce winds toppled trees and disrupted power supplies. No injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, rescuers have stepped up avalanche warnings for Poland’s southern Tatra mountains.

And finally in Slovakia

And it seems that some more extreme winter weather is heading to Europe and the USA as the polar vortex will soon split into 3 in the next few days.

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[Kron4, TWP, Fresh Plaza, Huuryiet Daily News, Tehran Times, Global News, Sott, Xinhuanet, The News Poland]





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