Winter storm stretches across central, eastern U.S.

Cross country skiing near US Capitol, Washington, DC, USA, 13 Jan 2018 (Twitter/Nathanaj80)

A major winter storm brought heavy snow and mixed precipitation from the American Midwest to the mid-Atlantic states over the weekend.

The snow began falling in Kansas and Missouri with some areas getting almost 50 cm.

The storm knocked out power, disrupted air travel and created slippery highways with numerous collisions including an Illinois crash which killed a police officer.

Freezing rain led to a build-up of ice on surfaces in North Carolina and Virginia.

Between 15 and 30 cm of snow fell over the Washington, DC area – its heaviest snowfall in three years – which closed schools and federal government offices on Monday.

Forecasters say melting during the day would create hazardous black ice after sunset as temperatures fell back below freezing.

The storm system has moved out into the Atlantic but will brush Cape Breton Island and eastern Newfoundland on Tuesday.

Snowstorm sweeps Southeastern U.S.

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Man cuts fallen tree blocking a road in South Carolina, 09 Dec 2018 (Reuters)

Several deaths have been reported after a massive snowstorm buried parts of the Southeastern United States with more than 30 cm falling in several major cities to as much as 60 cm in the Appalachian Mountains.

North Carolina and Virginia were especially hard hit by the storm system which slowly moved out into the Atlantic Ocean today.

Highways became hazardous as snowy, icy conditions led to hundreds of collisions, dozens of flights were cancelled and schools and businesses shut down.

About 300,000 customers also lost electricity during the peak as the storm knocked trees onto power lines.

‘Bomb cyclone’ barrels up U.S. East Coast

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Snow accumulates in Tallahassee, Florida, USA, 03 Jan 2018 (Twitter)

For the first time in 28 years, the capital of America’s Sunshine State had measurable snow.

Tallahassee may occasionally see snowflakes in winter but today was only the fourth time since 1950 that snow actually accumulated on the ground.

The wintry blast was thanks to a so-called bomb cyclone which originated off Florida’s east coast and is barreling up the Atlantic toward the Maritimes.

The intense storm system also brought heavy freezing rain to South Carolina and blizzard warnings have been posted from Virginia to Maine.

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick with 30 cm of snow/ice pellets and 10 mm of rain as the temperature finally climbs above freezing.

The thermometer has not risen above zero since Christmas Day and seven straight days have been below -10 C.

Snowstorm slams Atlantic coast

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Multi-vehicle pileup on interstate highway, Middletown, CT, USA, 07 Jan 2017 (Twitter)


A powerful winter storm moving up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard brought snowy and icy conditions from Alabama to Maine with more than 30 cm in parts of Virginia.

The low pressure system arrived in the Maritimes this evening with Nova Scotia expected to feel the brunt with up to 40 cm of snow expected.

A winter storm warning has been issued for Greater Moncton, Sussex, Saint John and Fundy National Park with 15-25 cm of snow and strong winds creating blowing snow by Sunday afternoon.

Northern New Brunswick is only expecting a few flurries to slight amounts of snow.

Wintry weather hangs on

A common sight in Moncton during periods of freezing rain or even snow

A common sight in Moncton during periods of freezing rain or even snow

Many New Brunswickers were hoping this week’s blizzard was the last winter storm of the season but unfortunately more wintry weather is moving into the region.

Environment Canada has posted a rainfall and freezing rainfall warning for Greater Moncton with 5 cm of snow, extended periods of freezing rain or ice pellets along with up to 40 mm of rain.

The slow moving low pressure system also brought mixed precipitation to the U.S. Northeast from Virginia to Maine where it has already sparked concerns about spring flooding.

Rare snow in Rome

Snow blankets ruins in Rome, 04 Feb 2012 (AP Photo)

Up to 20 cm of snow fell over parts of Rome on Friday and Saturday – a rare sight in the Italian capital which had its last significant accumulation of snow in 1986.

Romans used government-issued shovels to clear sidewalks and kitchen utensils to clear windshields.

Buses and taxis were scarce and officials told tourists to stay away from major sites such as the Colosseum over fears people would slip and fall on the icy ruins.

Snow also fell across the Mediterranean in Algiers (same latitude as Virginia, USA) for the first time in eight years where almost 10 cm of snow fell and temperatures plummeted to -1 C, unusually low for the Algerian capital.