163 Dead As Cold Snap Grips Europe

163 dead as cold snap grips Europe (AFP, Feb. 2, 2012):

WARSAW — A cold snap kept Europe in its icy grip Thursday, pushing the death toll to 163 as countries from Ukraine to Italy struggled with temperatures that plunged to record lows in some places.

Entire villages were cut off in parts of eastern Europe, trapping thousands, while road, air and rail links were severed and gas consumption shot up during what has been the severest winter in decades in some regions.

In Ukraine, tens of thousands headed to shelters to escape the freeze that emergencies services said has killed 63 people — most of them frozen to death in the streets, some succumbing to the hypothermia later in hospitals.

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Hungary: Villagers Scramble ‘For Coal With Their Bare Hands’ In Europe’s Big Chill

Villagers scramble for fuel in Europe’s big chill (AlertNet/Reuters, Feb. 2, 2012):

* Children ride horses to get to school

* Death toll rises to at least 139

* Ferrari cancel Formula One car launch

* Southern cities enjoy snowy spectacle (Adds Azerbaijan, BMW naming weather front, Rome schools close)

FARKASLYUK, Hungary, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Hungarian villagers were scavenging for coal with their bare hands on Thursday as a blast of Siberian air killed scores in Eastern Europe and looked set to keep its icy grip on the continent for another week.

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Snow Forecast For Sahara Desert

Snow to fall in London as bitterly cold weather grips Britain (Telegraph, Feb. 2, 2012):

All of Europe and even Africa is being frozen by a giant 4,000-mile wide mass of freezing air shunted west from Siberia.

Amazingly, the Sahara Desert, which had no snow for 33 years until a brief fall in western Algeria last month, faces an inch of snow by the weekend.

Meteogroup forecaster Stephen Davenport, who said parts of north Africa face six inches of powder, said: “The deep cold is spreading surprisingly far south.

“It will deliver snow to Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica and, most remarkably, possible low level snow in north Africa, although it is unlikely to settle.”

‘Russian Winter Goes EXTREME’ (Pravda): -50 Degrees Celsius In Siberia …. Video: ‘USDA Says NEW WARM LATITUDES Shift North = Russia/Sibera North Pole’

Russian winter goes extreme, claims lives (Pravda, Feb. 1, 2012):

Winter temperatures in Russia have gone extreme. The air in some regions of the republic of Yakutia (Siberia) has cooled down to -50 degrees Centigrade. Anomalous cold of -40 degrees is expected in the Perm region of Russia, Vesti.Ru reports.

In the European part of Russia, the current temperatures are ten degrees below the norm. On Wednesday morning, the temperature in the Moscow region dropped to 26 and even 30 degrees below zero Centigrade.

Cold weather is expected to become even colder this week in Moscow and the region, RIA Novosti reports. Winter cold has already claimed several human lives. One person died of frostbite yesterday in Moscow. Ten others asked for medical help and were hospitalized.

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Britain Shivers In Arctic Cold Blast

Britain Shivers In Blast Of Cold Weather (Sky News, Jan. 28, 2012):

Bitterly cold Arctic air sweeping across Britain is expected to force temperatures down to lows of -5C this weekend, as forecasters warn the chill is set to last until next week.

The warnings of freezing conditions come after weeks of unseasonably mild weather.

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Kuwait Experiences Extreme Cold

Kuwait experiences extreme cold (Kuwait Times – Jan 21, 2012):

KUWAIT: Since late Friday, the country has experienced an uncommonly cold weather as temperature dropped below freezing in many areas, Kuwait Meteorology Center said yesterday. According to the Meteorology website, the Cold weather was due to an active north western winds affected by the Siberian High on the region.

The lowest temperatures recorded in the country were -3 degrees Celsius in West Salmi, -2 degrees in north Abdaly, and 3 degrees at Kuwait International Airport. Temperature reached below freezing in desert areas, the center noted. It is excepted that maximum temperature, on Saturday, would not exceed 10 degrees during daylight.

Extreme -45 Degrees Celsius Temperature In North China And -30 Degrees In Northeastern China

City hit by extreme -45 degrees Celsius temperature in north China (Reuters, Jan. 25, 2012):

Inner Mongolia, China (Reuters) City hit by extreme -45 degrees Celsius temperature in north China.

Temperatures in the city of Genhe, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, north China, reached minus 45 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, the lowest temperature since beginning of the new year.

On third day of the first Chinese Lunar month, the severe sub-zero temperatures were triggered by cold fronts sweeping the area. Before 10:30 on Wednesday morning, the visibility was reduced to 30 meters, with clouds of thick fog.

Residents stayed indoors to avoid the cold as there were less and less numbers of pedestrians and cars on roads.

China Snow From Xinjiang to Sea Snarls Biggest Migration (Bloomberg, Jan. 23, 2012):

Snow and freezing rain continued to fall in parts of China today, disrupting travel as the first day of the Lunar New Year spurs the world’s biggest annual human migration.Snow will fall in areas south of the Yangtze River in provinces including Shaanxi, Gansu, and Henan, tapering off today, the China Meteorological Administration reported on its website. Freezing rain continued in southern Guizhou province, and yesterday travel was disrupted in Shaanxi and Hubei as well as Chongqing Municipality, the agency reported.

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Snow Chaos In ROMANIA: Army Called In To Save Trapped Travellers, -20C Expected

Romania uses army to save snow-trapped travellers (Reuters, Jan. 26, 2012):

* Temperatures expected to fall to -20C on Friday* PM says priority is to rescue stranded car travellers

* Blizzards also shut towns and port in Bulgaria (Updates rescue numbers, adds protests)

BUCHAREST — Romania has drafted in the army to rescue hundreds of travellers stranded by blizzards that dumped metres of snow on the ground on Thursday, derailing a train and forcing authorities to shut down motorways and ports and cancel flights.

Hundreds of schools were shut and by 2000 GMT dozens of towns and villages were still without electricity, as felled trees and strong winds brought down power lines.

Police and ambulance crews had rescued more than 1,600 people by Thursday evening but more than 1,000 cars were still snowed in on roads, Prime Minister Emil Boc said, and road authority officials were distributing tea and blankets.

Authorities have banned traffic on Romania’s only two motorways and several national roads until weather improved.

“I am asking you to not rest easy until you have made sure people’s lives are not in danger,” Prime Minister Boc told an emergency response meeting late on Thursday before heading out to capital Bucharest’s ringroad to inspect progress.

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Snow Chaos in BULGARIA: Government Declares Code Red For Entire Country, Road Closures, Power Cuts

Code Red declared in Bulgaria under Road Traffic Act: minister (Focus News, Jan 26, 2012):

Sofia. “I declare Code Red for the entire country under the Road Traffic Act,” Bulgarian Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Lilyana Pavlova announced at a press conference, FOCUS News Agency reporter informs.
The traffic of freight vehicles of more than 10 tons is suspended throughout the entire country. No heavy-freight vehicles will be allowed to cross the Bulgarian border.
The ban is valid only for heavy-freight vehicles of more than 10 tons and not for buses and cars.
“In some places the snow-cover reaches 2 meters,” the minister remarked.

Road closures, power cuts as Bulgaria buckles under weight of snow (Sofia Echo, Jan. 27 2012):

Weighed down by heavy snow, Bulgaria woke up on January 27 2012 to closed roads, snow drifts of up to two metres and 121 villages without electricity.

The situation in Rousse remained severe, Bulgarian National Television said.

Efforts were being made to restore traffic access for lorries bound for Romania while at border crossings with Greece and Turkey, lorries were being held at parking bays.

States of emergency had been declared on January 26 in Svoge, Lovech, Ivanovo, Lisichevo, Batak, Velingrad and Popovo.

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Romanian-Bulgarian Border Closed Due To Heavy Snow

Romanian-Bulgarian border closed due to heavy snow (Romania Business Insider, Jan. 26, 2012):

The border between Romania and Bulgaria was closed due to the bad weather conditions, according to the Bulgarian Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova, quoted by Novinite.com.

The Giugiu-Bucharest border crossing is closed for all vehicles due to the heavy snow. All transit traffic from Greece and Turkey via Bulgaria to Romania has also been stopped, Lilyana Pavlova added.

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