Snowstorm leaves 102 000 Xcel customers without power in Denver, Colorado

Snowstorm leaves 102 000 Xcel customers without power in Denver, Colorado:

A total of 102 500 homes and businesses in Denver metro area were left without electricity on Sunday and Monday, October 8 and 9, 2017 after the first snowstorm of the season hit parts of Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska. This was Denver’s earliest first snow of the season since 2012.

Named Winter Storm Aiden by The Weather Channel, the storm caused travel problems across the three states and brought first accumulating snow of the season to Denver metro area where its heavy, wet snow caused power lines to snap, leaving widespread power outages from Boulder to Parker.

According to Xcel Energy Colorado, a total of 102 500 customers lost power because of the storm, about 56 000 for a sustained period (from at least 5 minutes to as long as several hours). The power was restored to 97% of customers by Tuesday morning, Xcel said, adding that the remaining 1 500 are expected to have power back by noon (local time).

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Heavy snow for Alberta and Saskatchewan

Heavy snow for Alberta and Saskatchewan:

Up to 12 inches of snow in southwestern Saskatchewan – Hazardous winter conditions expected – Highway closures likely

Monday 02 October 2017 (Excerpts)

The first winter storm of the season to affect southern Alberta will also hammer the southwestern corner of Saskatchewan today.

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Utah: Heavy early-season snowfall closes roads (Video)

Utah – Heavy early-season snowfall closes roads – Video:

Not something we see too often just two days into fall, says meteorologist.

Autumn cancelled – Straight to winter – Snowplows deployed

Heavy early-season snowfall forced closure of state Route 190 and Route 224 at Guardsman Pass, according to the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT).

UDOT also reported that state Route 224 just past Park City Hall in Summit County was closed along with Albion Basin Road, above Alta Ski Resort.

Officials in Alta reported 8 inches of snow on the ground in places.

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Record snowfall in Spain

Baqueira Beret. Ski resort. Pyrenees. Vall Dâ??Aran. Aran valley. Naut Aran. Lleida. Catalonia. Spain.

Record snowfall in Spain:

Snow arrived early in northern Spain this week, much earlier than normal.

The Picos de Europa mountain range saw 5 cm of snowfall, a record for this early in September. (Not much, maybe, but still a record.) Other mountainous regions of Cantabria are likewise blanketed in white.

It’s also cold. The mercury has plummeted in the Pyrenees, dropping to as low as -10C overnight.

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Record cold in Western Siberia

Record cold in Western Siberia:

Breaks record set more than 60 years ago.

26 Sep 2017 – A new record low temperature was registered in Omsk today.

The mercury plummeted to -6.2 degrees C, breaking the previous record for the date of -4.5C, which was set more than 60 years ago in 1955.

Temperatures in the area are abnormally cold, running 5-10 degrees C below the climatic norm.

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“Unprecedented” early-season snowfall in Alberta

“Unprecedented” early-season snowfall in Alberta:

‘It’s been coming down in bucketfuls’, says Marmot Basin spokesperson. 

20 Sep 2017 – ‘I have never, never seen this kind of snow at the end of September,’ says Brian Rode, vice-president of marketing and sales at Marmot Basin Park. Rode called the snowfall unprecedented.

More than 20 cm (8 inches) of snow had accumulated at the base of the ski area by shortly after noon, said Rode.

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Early snow in Norway

Early snow in Norway: 

Authorities recommended chains and winter tires for motorists travelling on the E6 motorway near Dovre after heavy snowfall this morning. Yes, chains! And winter tires. In September.

Snow at the E6 near Hjerkinn on 20th September 2017. Photo: Statens vegvesen webkamera / NTB scanpix

“The snowfall comes early in the autumn, when many motorists are still using summer tyres,” said The Local, a Norwegian website (link below).

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It’s Snowing on Mt. Hood Right Now

It’s Snowing on Mt. Hood Right Now:

And at 4:31 pm it’s only 14 degrees F  (minus 10 C).  Does this mean summer is over?

20 Sep 2017 – The snow level will remain under 6000 ft. until about Friday, according to the National Weather Service, which had forecast between 9 and 13 inches of new snow accumulation last evening and between 4 and 8 inches today.

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