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30-mile backups as snow cuts off passes into L.A.
Monday, January 3rd 2011, 6:51 PM GMT
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Two key highway mountain passes into the Los Angeles area were cut off by blinding snow, causing backups as long as 30 miles.

Motorists found themselves stuck after Interstate 5 was closed for a second day over the 4,160-foot-high Tejon Pass, about 70 miles north of Los Angeles.

The California Highway Patrol closed the 30-mile stretch of I-5 shortly after 12:30 p.m. Sunday because of blowing snow.

Melting snow made the road icy, and the Highway Patrol said Monday morning that the freeway probably will remain closed for hours as snow plows struggle to clear the mountain route.

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Germany in coldest December in 40 years
Sunday, January 2nd 2011, 7:18 PM GMT
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Germany has experienced the coldest December in more than 40 years, the German Weather Service (DWD) said Thursday.

The average temperature in December was 4.3 degrees below the past records on average, the DWD said. People have never seen such a freezing December since 1969.

The bitter cold was mainly stuck in the north and east of the country, where night temperatures in many places were below minus 20 degrees, the weather agency added. A DWD monitoring station near northeastern city of Postdam recorded only four days when the temperatures were above zero degree this month.

The states of Bavaria and Hessen have witnessed 20 or 30 centimeters of fresh snow in one day, while capital Berlin received some 40 centimeters of snow since the beginning of this month, the most in 110 years.
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Blizzard, snow disrupts life in Japan
Saturday, January 1st 2011, 12:13 PM GMT
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Blizzard, snow and avalanche crippled normal life in Japan, causing traffic rush during New Year holiday and casualties in some parts of the country. Four men on patrol at a ski resort in the town of Kofu, Tottori Prefecture in western Japan were killed in an avalanche Friday, authorities said.

Xinhua reported the victims were found buried in snow following the avalanche, which occurred at around 1 pm at Okudaisen ski resort.

The ski resort officials said the four were hit by an avalanche, along with a snow-compressing vehicle, when they went to check a ski slope that had been hit by another avalanche a short while ago.

The heavy snow and an accident paralyzed traffic in Totorri where about 1,000 cars were stuck in a 20 km stretch on a national highway, officials said Saturday.

The traffic jam was triggered when a tanker skid in the town of Daisen and blocked both sides of the road, and the congestion worsened as large amounts of snow continued to fall in the area, the officials said.
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Snow in the desert: Now the U.S. West Coast is hit by storms as blizzards, hurricane-strength winds and heavy rain shut roads and cut power
Friday, December 31st 2010, 6:21 PM GMT
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Blizzards shut interstate 17 and 40 in Arizona after hundreds of accidents on icy road

One person killed by falling tree and snowboarder missing

Heavy snow and strong winds has shut down major roads and left urban areas in a whiteout as winter storms now batter the U.S. West Coast.

States in the west were hit by blizzards in mountainous regions and heavy rain at lower levels, cutting power to thousands of homes and triggering hundreds of accidents.

Even the relatively warm Phoenix desert area has been hit by the freezing weather, with heavy rain and residents warned to expect rare icy conditions.

In San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, weather warnings were issued after rare blast of hurricane-strength winds reaching 94mph were recorded.

In Fargo, two trucks jack-knifed on the icy road on Interstate I-94, causing a pile-up involving 100 vehicles.

Snow and ice forced the closure of parts of Interstate 17 and 40, the two major thoroughfares in northern Arizona, stranding hundreds of motorists south of Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.

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Brace yourselves for a 'mini ice age': This winter set to be coldest in 300 YEARS by Fiona Macrae
Thursday, December 30th 2010, 8:27 AM GMT
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If you thought last week was as cold as you could bear it, brace yourself. Forecasters say the worst is yet to come, and this winter could be the harshest since the Thames froze over more than three centuries ago.

Temperatures for December are the coldest on record, with the average reading close to minus 1c – almost six degrees below normal.

And with forecasters warning that this winter’s ‘mini ice age’ might last until mid-March, this winter could be the worst since 1683-84 when a fair was held on the Thames.

‘Dense cold air is just north of Britain and will Met Office figures show that the average temperature from December 1, the first day of winter, to December 28 was a bitter minus 0.8c (30.5f).

This equals the record December low of 1890.

But, with the mercury traditionally at its lowest in January and February, and more bracing weather on the way, this winter could bring the biggest freeze in 327 years.
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Vanilla Sky: The day Times Square was nearly emptied (except for the skiers) as the East Coast is buried in the Blizzard of 2010
Tuesday, December 28th 2010, 3:08 PM GMT
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New York gets December average of snow in a day

The roar of traffic was dulled, the constant hum of voices dimmed, the bustling city smothered and stilled beneath a virtual avalanche of pristine, white snow.

New York's Times Square yesterday looked almost as it did in the 2001 film Vanilla Sky, when a terrified Tom Cruise discovered himself eerily alone in an intersection that is normally one of the busiest in the world.

The only difference yesterday was the snow itself and the occasional skier (well, and the lack of Tom Cruise).

Yesterday's extraordinary blizzard dumped up to 25 inches of snow in some areas as it stormed up the East Coast.

It wreaked havoc on travellers returning from the Christmas period from the Carolinas to Maine, leaving many stranded by the freezing conditions.

States of emergency were declared in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Maine and Massachusetts.

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New York grinds to a halt in heaviest snow in six decades
Tuesday, December 28th 2010, 1:34 PM GMT
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NEW YORK, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- The most severe blizzard in 60 years, making its way across New York City since Sunday, has created chaos for the city's commuters.

By Monday evening, the whole city was covered with snow as deep as 20 inches (51 centimeters). While the snowfall already stopped and the sky was clear, thick snow and ice as well as gusty winds of up to 45 mph are threatening misery for people set to go back to work from the holiday weekend.

The normally overcrowded Fifth Avenue of Manhattan was almost deserted during the morning rush hour, with few cars on the roads. Instead, pedestrians were making their way through the snow-encrusted street, as the sidewalks were blanketed by thick snow.

The local government mobilized 365 salt-spraying wagons and 1,700 snow-plowing trucks to clean the streets. Main avenues were clear of snow, mounds of snow remained on many roads and streets. Despite signs of warnings, cars were seen sliding on slippery roads.

Few buses were running in the city. The city's signature yellow cabs, which normally wait in line to pick up passengers, were hard to find. Phone calls to limo services companies went unanswered.

Though snow stopped, people heading back to work after the holiday weekend found it difficult to get on their way. Public transportation, which New Yorkers normally depend on when going out, was almost paralyzed.

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Coldest December in Sweden in 110 years
Tuesday, December 28th 2010, 12:56 PM GMT
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The last few days of the year look to be very cold throughout Sweden, according to a forecast by the Swedish meteorological agency SMHI.

This means that several parts of Sweden, including the southern region Götaland and eastern Svealand, will have experienced the coldest December in at least 110 years.

Considering the freezing Christmas month, SMHI write on their website that it “maybe isn’t that strange that we’ve had a bit of traffic problems”, referring to the past few days of chaos on Swedish roads and rails, caused by heavy snowfall and bitter cold.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be cold throughout the country, but during the last two days of the year milder air will begin coming in.

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Public Warning: Public Warning: Heavy snow set to return across the UK
Monday, December 27th 2010, 11:30 AM GMT
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Heavy snow is set to return to parts of the UK over the next two days, the Met Office has warned.

After a freezing Christmas Day, the temperature climbed on Sunday - but that looks set to prove only a temporary reprieve from the cold weather that has caused travel chaos across much of the country over the past ten days.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for today, with showers likely to add to snow already lying in northern England, Scotland and Wales.

Meteorologists expect the situation to deteriorate during the early hours of Tuesday morning, as a band of snow moves across the country.

London, the West Midlands, Yorkshire, the south-east, north-west, north-east, east and south-west of England are facing the prospect of 10cm of snow, with 15cm expected on higher ground.

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It's chillier than Lapland: Minus 18C makes it our coldest Christmas Day EVER by Christopher Leake
Monday, December 27th 2010, 7:29 AM GMT
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Britons awoke yesterday to the coldest Christmas Day on record.
In parts of the country, the mercury touched minus 18C, chillier than Lapland, and few places saw temperatures rise above freezing.

At 8am in Shawbury, Shropshire, it was minus 15.9C and in Altnaharra, in the Highlands of Scotland, minus 18.2C.

Forecasters predict this December is likely to be the coldest on record. The previous coldest was in 1890, when the average temperature for the whole month for England was minus 0.8C

The average temperature for all of Britain up to Christmas Eve this year was also minus 0.8C, though forecasters said the weather would improve from Wednesday.

The Arctic snap brought travel chaos in the run-up to Christmas, with thousands of passengers having to sleep in terminal buildings after their flights were delayed by snow and ice.

Their spirits will hardly have been lifted by the revelation that airports throughout Europe and America have put Britain to shame with military-style weather-busting operations.

European airport bosses were often able to call on many times more snowploughs, snowblowers and de-icing vehicles than the UK’s busiest airport, which boasts just 46 specialist vehicles.

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