Up To 80 cm Of Snow This Week In Switzerland

Up to 80cm of snow this week in Switzerland (Ice Age Now, Oct 26, 2014):

80 cm is 31½ inches – That’s thigh-deep.


The snow fell down to 1000m (which is close to the valley floor in many Swiss regions), but due to the early time of the season, the warmth of the ground means that melting from below took place up to 2000m.

  • Urner Alpen, Glarner Alpen and Nordbunden: 60 to 80 cm
  • remainder of the northern Alps from the Berner Oberland to Liechtenstein, Mittelbunden and the Lower Engadin valley: 30 to 60 cm
  • other regions up to 30 cm, but the extreme south remains precipitation free

After the snowfall ended, freezing levels rose to 3400m, which means that this snowfall, as is normal in late October, will mostly melt way, with only the higher deposits benefitting from freeze-thaw cycles to create a permanent snowbase.

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Bulgaria: Heavy Snowfall Leaves 50 Villages Without Power

Bulgaria – Heavy snowfall leaves 50 villages without power (Ice Age Now, Oct 26, 2014):

Gabrovo and Sevlievo declare emergency because of extremely severe winter conditions. More than fifty villages have no electricity. All roads and passes in the region are blocked.

The main roads in the country are closed, trains are stopped, and thousands of subscribers are without electricity CEZ.

Heavy snow did not stop for ten hours, along with hurricane winds and freezing temperatures.

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Romania: Snow Up To 10 Centimeters

Romania – Snow up to 10 centimeters (Ice Age Now, Oct 26, 2014):

The A2 motorway is closed between Bucharest and Fundulea, according to the Center Infotrafic the Romanian Police.

Meteorologists have issued a code yellow warning for snow and wind in Bucharest and five other counties in the southeast.

According to meteorologists, the municipality of Bucharest and the Ilfov, Giurgiu, Virginia, West counties Calarasi and Ialomita, will receive 5-7 cm of snow, with 10 cm in some areas. The County Teleorman shas received about 5 cm in the last few hours.

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Russia: Heavy Snowfall Causes Panic In Yekaterinenburg

Heavy snowfall causes panic in Yekaterinenburg (Ice Age Now, Oct 19, 2014):

Snowfall paralyzed  the North bus station in Yekaterinburg, the fourth-largest city in Russia. All buses leave two to three hours late. Hundreds of passengers at risk to come home very late or not at all.

Passengers complain, but  a large number of accidents involving public transport occurred last night in the Sverdlovsk region.

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Meteorologists Warn ANOTHER Polar Vortex Will Strike The U.S. This Winter

‘It’s coming back’: Meteorologists warn ANOTHER Polar Vortex will strike the U.S. this winter (The Daily Mail, Oct 16, 2014):

  • Another polar vortex set to hit the Northeast from January
  • Cold airs expected from November 
  • New York forecast for above-average snow and freezing temperatures 
  • Around 70 inches of snow is also expected to slam Philadelphia
  • South will have a predominantly wet winter 
  • Midwest set to less snow and warmer-than-average temperatures
  • California drought not expected to worsen 

The Polar Vortex Part II is getting ready to roll back into town.

Leading meteorologists are warning the Mid-Atlantic is in for a repeat of last winter, which was noted as the 34th coldest such period for the contiguous 48 states as a whole since modern records began in 1895, according to weather.com.

Now, with a month-and-a-half left of fall, the forecasts are in, and another polar vortex looks set to hit the Northeast from January and not let up for months.

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Siberian Snow Cover Way Ahead Of Schedule – Near Record Pace

Siberian snow cover way ahead of schedule – Near record pace (Ice Age Now, Oct 18, 2014):

The difference is massive.

Compare snow mapping for October 2013 and October 2014 https://www.facebook.com/WxRisk/photos/p.761950707185523/761950707185523/?type=1

Siberian-Snow-Cover-2013_vs_2014

NSIDC Snow Cover showing Siberian Snow Extent 2004-2014
https://www.facebook.com/WxRisk/photos/a.148807335166533.25889.129478830432717/761950520518875/?type=1&theater

Quoting WxRisk, “not only is the SAI way ahead of schedule and at a near record pace BUT the SCE– snow cover extent– is also going Gang busters..”

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Uh oh … Signs of an unusually cold winter coming our way

Uh oh… Signs of an unusually cold winter coming our way (Ice Age Now, Oct 18, 2014):

“The snow in Siberia is piling up, and if it keeps coming, people in New York may have to bundle up this winter,” says Bloomberg.

There’s a theory that the amount of snow covering Eurasia in October is an indication of how much icy air will sweep down from the Arctic in December and January, pouring over parts of North America, Europe and East Asia.

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Snowfall headed for Moscow this weekend

Snowfall headed for Moscow this weekend (Ice Age Now, Oct 18, 2014):

This weather is what we would normally expect on the tenth of November.


Russians could have to deal with a series of snowfalls, reported newspaper Gazeta.

“On October 17, cold air will flow into the capital region with north-east winds, reducing the thermometer: up to four degrees in the capital and minus four in the Moscow region. North and north-east of the region might see some wet snow”, said news agency Moskva.

After the weekend, temperatures will continue to drop.

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Meteorologist: Winter Arrives Early In Alaska – Snow For All Canadian Provinces

Winter Arrives Early in Alaska, says meteorologist (Ice Age Now, Oct 7, 2014):

Snow for all Canadian Provinces


“With up to 6 ft. of snow on tap for Alaska in the coming week… …one can only marvel at a state that reaches -80 deg. F in the winter, grows pumpkins that weigh more than a Smart Car, and was purchased from Russia for only $7.2 million,” writes Dr. Roy W. Spencer. “I’ll bet Putin is still pi$$ed.”

Newsminer.com is calling today’s event a “winter storm”…but isn’t it still early Fall?

“As winter slowly sinks southward, all of the Canadian provinces can also expect some snow in the coming week.

(I don’t think snow in Alaska in early October is all that unusual. However, it’s a far cry from the “we’re-all-going-to-roast” scenario, isn’t it?)

This came from Dr. Roy W. Spencer’s website:
http://www.drroyspencer.com/2014/10/winter-arrives-early-in-alaska-snow-for-all-canadian-provinces/

Snow And Cold Endanger HJarvest In Kyrgyzstan And Mid-Ural

Snow and cold endanger harvest in Kyrgyzstan and Mid-Ural (Ice Age Now, Oct 7, 2014):

Storm warning – Rain expected to change to snow in Kyrgyzstan on October 8 and 9 in the Chu and Talas valleys, and foothill and mountainous areas, it is reported by Kyrgyzhydromet.

Meanwhile, freezing is forecast for the nights of October 9-10 in Chui, Talas, Kemin valley, in the agriculture areas of Issyk-Kul and Naryn oblasts.

In the foothills of Osh, Jalal-Abad and Batken regions, frosts are expected down to -1 to -3 degrees.

“Such freezings are dangerous for unharvested fruit and vegetable crops, and for dug up and uncovered potatoes and sugar beets.” 

“These weather conditions complicate the most agricultural activities, including grazing on pastures, work vehicles, energy and utilities.”

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