|Montreal blanketed by more than 45 cm of snow from storm moving east. © CBC News.|
Record-Breaking Storm Moves To Newfoundland.Winter storm warnings are in effect in many parts of central and northern Newfoundland, with Environment Canada warning that "dangerous winter weather conditions" are expected in some areas. The low-pressure system producing the storm is expected to move from southern Nova Scotia to near Cape Breton by Friday evening. The system will then track across eastern Newfoundland at night before moving to the northeast of the province on Saturday. Strong easterly winds will accompany the system, with gusts reaching 100 km/h along Newfoundland's south and west coasts, and gusts to 150 km/h in the Wreckhouse area. Wind speeds in Wreckhouse had reached a peak of 143 km/h by 2:30 p.m. local time, Barney said in a post on Twitter. Eastern Newfoundland can expect snow turning to mixed precipitation, and then rain. - CBC News.
|Atlantic Canada is bracing for more harsh winter weather set to|
hit Saturday night. © CBC News.
Atlantic Canadians Brace For Second Winter Wallop.With another blast of winter weather headed for Atlantic Canada, people are being urged to prepare for a lot of snow throughout the Maritimes and up to 140 km/h wind gusts in Newfoundland. The storm is expected to start Saturday night in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. Nova Scotia may see 40 centimetres of snow by Sunday night in the province's north and the Annapolis Valley. Meteorologist Andy Firth said the nor'easter would bring snow, blowing snow and rain to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, as well as southern and eastern New Brunswick. "This is a significant nor'easter storm," Firth said from Dartmouth, N.S., on Saturday. "We have warnings out for snowfall, blowing snow and storm surges." Firth said parts of New Brunswick and P.E.I. would see around 15 to 30 centimetres of snow. Flurries were expected to begin over the western Maritimes on Saturday evening, with heavy snow beginning around midnight and continuing until around noon Sunday. - CBC News.
|Montreal's massive snow clearing operation will start on Friday morning. Claudine Nicol took this |
photo of parked cars entombed in snow in Villeray on Thursday. © CBC News.
Record-Breaking Snowfall In Montreal - 47 Centimetres In Just One Day.The City of Montreal said snow removal is going to take longer than expected following Thursday's record snowfall. Michel Frenette, a spokesman for the city, said snow removal will take about nine days to accomplish. The nine days also includes a break period for workers. "We will stop operations on the evening of the 31st and come back 36 hours later on the morning of Jan. 2," said Frenette. He said it is taking longer because snow blowers have to go over the same area multiple times to remove all of the snow. Three thousand people are working to clear the snow. - CBC News.
|A homeless woman has a charity meal distributed by volunteers in Russia's |
southern city of Stavropol on Dec. 25, 2012. © Reuters.
Coldest Winter In Decades For Russia With Snow As Much As 5 Meters (1616½ Feet) Deep.As temperatures plummet to -50 Celsius in some parts of Russia, thousands have been evacuated from their homes in the country's Far East and Siberia. More than 120 people have died from the severe cold -- at least seven in the last 24 hours. Meteorologists say the country is experiencing one of its coldest winters in decades. In the Far East region of Magadan, 300 kilometers of roads remain blocked by heavy snow. Plows and machines can not reach those roads to clear them. In some places, snow is as much as five meters deep. Irina Bryarkina lives in the Tyva region of Siberia where temperatures have been -40 C for several days. It is so cold that many heating pipes have frozen and thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. Bryarkina says the situation is not good. She says they've got nothing. It's good that there's lots of snow, she says, so that they can gather it and melt it for water. She goes on to say that temperatures insude her flat are below freezing too. Emergency services in the area have evacuated many residents to local schools and hospitals. Aria Dagbaldai says the shelters are a welcome relief. She says she has spent two nights in a school where conditions are good and warm and there is even warm food. Temperatures are expected to warm in the next few days but not by much. Meanwhile, emergency workers say they are doing their best to fix the broken pipes and restore central heating in Tyva. - Chosun.
Heavy Snow In South Korea Breaks December Record.Yesterday's rush hour was a nightmare for a 47-year-old civil servant surnamed Roh who commutes from Gimhae to Changwon, South Gyeongsang, every day. He left home at 6:15 a.m. and reached the Changwon Tunnel that connects the two cities in 10 minutes, but soon had to turn his car around as the tunnel was closed due to snow. Roh then passed through Jangyu and Dongmasan IC (interchange) and finally arrived at his office in Changwon at 9:40 a.m. It usually takes only 25 minutes if he takes the tunnel route, but it took 3 hours and 25 minutes. On his way to the office, many vehicles were waiting for assistance after being damaged in car accidents due to the slippery roads. "It doesn't snow much in Gimhae," Roh told the JoongAng Ilbo. "Not many drivers have tire chains. It was terrible to drive because many roads are icy due to the early morning snow." The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said yesterday the Chungcheong and southern regions of the country, including Busan, Ulsan and South Gyeongsang, had heavy snow from 1 to 3 a.m.: 31 centimeters (12 inches) on Ulleung Island; 20 centimeters in Geoje, South Gyeongsang; 16 centimeters in Hapcheon; 14.6 centimeters in Jinju; 15.5 centimeters in Daegwanryeong; 12.4 centimeters in Daegu and 8.5 centimeters in Gumi as of press time. - Korea Joongang Daily.