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March 24, 2016 - EARTH - The following articles constitutes several of the latest reports on heavy snowfall, low temperatures and snow storms as global cooling continues across the Earth.
Snowfall record shattered as blizzard paralyzes Cheyenne, WyomingA powerful late-season snowstorm had dumped more than a foot of snow on Cheyenne through 11 a.m. today, with strong winds causing widespread highway shutdowns and the closure of businesses and government offices.
According to the local National Weather Service office, snow began falling on Cheyenne around 1 a.m. today, and conditions rapidly deteriorated between 2 and 3 a.m. as snow began accumulating and wind picked up speed.
By 6 a.m., seven inches of snow had already fallen on the Capital City, and winds had reached sustained speeds of 30 mph or more, with gusts of up to 50 mph.
What had been a winter storm warning in effect for the region was upgraded to a blizzard warning at 4 a.m. as a result of the strong winds combined with snowfall. A blizzard warning takes effect anytime visibility is reduced to one-quarter mile or less for three consecutive hours and is accompanied by gusts of 35 mph or more.
WATCH: Winter Storm Selene.
The blizzard warning remains in effect through 6 p.m. today. Snow is expected to begin slowing down early this afternoon and should end by late afternoon, though winds will remain strong, with gusts between 35 and 45 mph.
Winds are expected to calm to about 10 to 15 mph between 6 and 9 p.m.
Today's storm has already shattered the previous snowfall and precipitation records for March 23. As of 11 a.m., 13.6 inches of snow totaling 1.15 inches of moisture had fallen. The previous records were 8.9 inches for snow in 1996 and .67 inches of moisture in 1909.
The Cheyenne Police Department has issued an accident alert due to hazardous driving conditions. While under this alert CPD will only be responding to accidents that involve injuries, drunk drivers, immovable vehicles and the inability to exchange information. If you are in an accident, exchange information with the parties involved and fill out a delayed accident form later. These forms are available in the CPD lobby during normal business hours. - Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
Major spring snow storm threatens Great Lakes region to Quebec
Heavy snow and ice from an early spring storm will threaten to cause travel problems and power outages from parts of Wisconsin and Michigan to a large part of Quebec prior to the end of the week. The same storm producing blizzard conditions over parts of Colorado and Wyoming on Wednesday will spread a swath of snow and ice across the Great Lakes region, St. Lawrence Valley and areas farther north in Canada.
Road conditions will vary from wet to slushy during the day. However, lower road surface temperatures at night will cause paved surfaces to range from slushy to icy and snowcovered. A band of 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) of snow will extend from Alpena, Michigan, to Sudbury, Ontario. In some cases, the snow will fall at the rate of 1-2 inches (3-6 cm) per hour.
Airline passengers and motorists should anticipate significant delays with possible road closures and flight cancellations. Disruptions to daily activities are possible. The snow and ice will weigh down tree limbs. Enough of a breeze can occur during the storm to cause the tree limbs to shift and break, perhaps leading to sporadic power outages.
Although freezing rain is increasingly rare in the spring, it can occur under the right conditions. Up to 0.50 of an inch of freezing rain glazed surfaces in central lower Michigan during Thursday morning.
"The greatest risk for a significant period of freezing rain and sleet into Thursday night is from central Ontario to part of southern Quebec," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.
The snow and ice will graze northern parts of New York state, Vermont and New Hampshire, as well as northwestern Maine and northern New Brunswick.
"The greater Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal areas will receive a mixture of rain, ice and wet snow from the storm," Anderson said.
"The worst conditions in Toronto will be the Thursday morning commute, when below-freezing temperatures will make untreated roads and sidewalks very slippery," Anderson said.
Similar slippery conditions can occur north and west of Detroit, including Lansing and Flint, Michigan, during the Thursday morning commute.
"Conditions from Ottawa to Montreal and Quebec City will deteriorate as snow changes to sleet and freezing rain later Thursday and continues Thursday night," Anderson said. "The heaviest snow will fall north of these cities."
In the wake of the storm, daytime temperatures will be above freezing and and nighttime temperatures will be below freezing for a few days. Runoff from melting during the day will freeze at night, leading to areas of black ice. - AccuWeather.
Over 2 MILLION Monarch Butterflies die from snow and cold in Southern MexicoOver 2 million butterflies died in the El Rosario Reserve in southern Mexico at 19 N Latitude. Little reported in news outlets, see the images yourself and ask yourself if you think this is unusual.
WATCH: Mass butterfly die-of in Mexico.
- Adapt 2030.