Bosnia: Record Snowfall – 100 Villages Cut Off – State Of Emergency Declared In Sarajevo


A man attempts to dig his car out of heavy snow in the Bosnia capital, Sarajevo.

Cold Weather, Snow Paralyze Much Of Europe (RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, Feb. 05, 2012):


Bosnian authorities have used helicopters to evacuate sick people and deliver food to thousands who have been cut off by the heaviest snow the country has ever recorded.

More than 100 remote Bosnian villages are cut off by more than two meters of snowfall in the mountains.

A state of emergency has been declared in Sarajevo after more than a meter of snow fell on the capital.

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Denver Snow Storm Breaks 100-Year-Old Snowfall Record (Video)

Colorado weather forecast: Snow breaks 100-year-old Denver record (Feb. 4, 2012):

DENVER – The storm that passed over Colorado has broken a few records. Locations across the metro area have reported 10 to 20 inches of snow with an additional half-inch of accumulation expected Saturday. According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, Denver broke a single-day snowfall record on Friday with 12.5 inches of snow. The previous record was 9.5 inches on the same day in 1932.

Denver also broke the three-day snowfall record for February with 15.9 inches. The previous record was 14.1 inches in 1912.

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Deadly Big Freeze Across Europe – Italy: 160,000 Households Without Electricity; Snow Falls On Rome’s Colosseum For The First Time In Three Decades (Video)


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Deadly freeze moves west across Europe (Al Jazeera, Feb. 5, 2012)

More than 250 people have been killed across Europe as a potentially worsening week-long cold snap shifts west, blanketing large parts of the continent with snow.

Forecasters on Sunday predicted the deep freeze, which has already forced Bosnia to declare a state of emergency and airports to close, will continue.

The death toll included hundreds of homeless people who have frozen to death in what has become the harshest European winter in decades.

Russian gas exporter Gazprom, which supplies fuel to much of Europe, said it would be unable to meet increased European demands and had reduced supplies “for a few days” to ease the crisis in Russia.

Snow fell on Rome’s Colosseum for the first time in three decades, disrupting air and rail travel, and Venice’s famous canals have frozen over.

About 160,000 people in central and southern Italy were without electricity, and power company Enel said 1,000 workers were trying to fix damaged power lines.

Bodies on the streets

In Ukraine, where at least 122 people have died, the most in Europe, 78 bodies have been found on the streets. Night- time temperatures there have dropped to -33C.

Metro stations in the capital, Kiev, have become sanctuaries of warmth for the homeless.

Read moreDeadly Big Freeze Across Europe – Italy: 160,000 Households Without Electricity; Snow Falls On Rome’s Colosseum For The First Time In Three Decades (Video)

Heavy Snowfall Causes Transport Chaos, With Trains Delayed, Cars Abandoned On Roads And Flights Cancelled Across Britain

Travel disruption as snow blankets the UK (Guardian, Feb. 5, 2012):

Heavy snowfall causes transport chaos, with trains delayed, cars abandoned on roads and flights cancelled across Britain

A thick blanket of snow, 16cm deep in places, has settled across parts of the UK, grounding planes, stranding motorists and leaving roads icy and treacherous.

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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.

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

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.