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Blizzard hits western US, adding “snowpacks” to freshwater California resources

Blizzard Sweeps US West Coast – Dec. 28 AFP Weather reports on the US West Coast following a powerful winter storm. As a result, the drought-hit California mountains are cooled by snow, while making travel difficult on a large scale.

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This handout photo obtained on December 27, 2021 from Caltrans Distric 3, shows Highway 50/Lake Tahoe Boulevard, in Lake Tahoe, California, covered in snow. (Photo by various sources / AFP)

Snow fell 3 feet (1 meter) in 24 hours in parts of the Sierra Nava Mountains, Calif. This brought December’s snowfall cumulative height to a record 16 feet (4.8 m) and helped nourish the region’s reservoirs from the dried up snowfields.

Snowfields in the Sierra Nava Mountains account for 30% of California’s freshwater resources. and face dangerously low levels After several weeks of dry weather The California Department of Water Resources said on Friday, Dec. 24 that snowfields were 114-137% of the normal range and heavier snow was expected.

Residents navigate Broad Street in the snow in Nevada County, Calif., Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. (Elias Funez/The Union via AP)

Dr. Andrew Schwartz Lead scientist at the Sierra Nevada Central Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, Calif. told AFP that “We definitely didn’t expect a wet winter. But it happened with more snow this year than we expected. It was definitely a surprise.”

The West Coast of the United States has experienced years of heavy rainfall. This makes rural areas arid and vulnerable to wildfires. which Dr. Schwartz explains It’s too early to declare a drought. But the west coast of the United States is likely to be helped.

while the immediate effects of winter storms are less effective. Tens of thousands of residents suffered power outages and roads were closed. Electricity supplier Pacific Gas & Electric said the power line was cut in bad weather. And there’s more to come.

“The winter storm system expects more snow, rain and wind. Electricians have served nearly 50,000 customers since Christmas morning. and ready to deal with future power outages,” Pacific Gas & Electric posted on social media.

A Penske truck driver awaits the arrival of tire chains to get himself unstuck Monday morning, Dec. 27, 2021, along the Broad Street overpass, in Nevada City, Calif. (Elias Funez/The Union via AP)

in Seattle north of washington Heavy snow caused travelers delays and trip cancellations. The airport operators had to sweep the ice off the plane. Because the city experiences lower temperatures.

Jenny Durkan mayor of seattle He tweeted, “After a year of unprecedented challenges. Seattle faces dangerously cold temperatures and snow. We declare a state of emergency to allow Seattle to manage all the resources necessary to protect its residents. provide a warm space and support our frontline workers.”

part in Oregon Much of the area is also under a winter storm warning, with additional snow cover expected Monday night.

National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland Oregon’s largest city tweeted that “Snow is back tonight!” and “The heaviest snowfall is expected tonight until Tuesday morning. The snow height is 1-3 inches (2.54-7.62 centimeters) for valleys and coasts.”

Visitors with umbrellas walk down Main Street USA at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Avalanche warnings were previously issued Sunday, Dec. 26 for areas in six states: Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Colorado and California. As winter storms destabilize snow in large areas. And the NWS issued a winter storm warning for Lake Tahoe on Tuesday, Dec. 28 local time.

In addition, the NWS issued a warning in Montana that “A cold wind can cause frostbite on the skin that can be felt in as little as 5 minutes.” Cold winds can bring temperatures as low as -48 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, the state of Texas experiences sweltering heat outside of the season. Temperatures on Christmas Day peaked at 93 degrees Fahrenheit (34 degrees Celsius) in the village of Rio Grande.

Scientists say human-caused global warming is wreaking havoc on the climate. making the storm more intense and unpredictable. and cause the temperature to rise in unexpected places.

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