Crazy storm weather around the world


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Germans are bracing for rain showers and winds reaching up to 200 kilometers per hour as the storm dubbed Herwart is expected to gain full strength on Sunday.

Storm Hits Germany Causing Transport Difficulties Across Country (PHOTOS)

Herwart hit the northern and central parts of Germany causing transport difficulties across the country as the railway traffic has been partially suspended, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Sunday.

According to the correspondent, the restrictions imposed by Germany's Deutsche Bahn railway company had targeted such German regions as Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia.

​Berlin's fire service has also introduced an emergency situation regime against the backdrop of the storm.

Social media users have responded to the reports of the storm passing through the country with humorous posts.

​At this moment there has been no information about those killed or injured by the storm.


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Dozens of rare sea creatures were spotted on the Welsh coast to the surprise of the seaside town’s public.

Dozens of Octopuses Seen Out of Water Crawling Along Welsh Coast (VIDEO)

Some 25 curled octopuses, which grow to a length of 50 cm, were seen three nights in a row crawling on New Quay beach in Ceredigion in west Wales. Some were later found dead, washed up on the beach.

“It was a bit like an End Of Days scenario,” witness Brett Jones told the BBC. “There were probably about 20 or 25 on the beach. I have never seen them out of the water like that,” he added.

According to the witness who also runs Seamor dolphin-watching boat trips, seeing octopuses out of the water like that is “really rare.”

“Maybe they are getting confused by the bright lights in New Quay harbor and maybe they are dying off after summer or getting knackered after the recent storms,” Brett said.

However, the phenomenon, according to the curator of the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, James Wright, is quite odd and it is likely that something is wrong with the octopuses.

“As the areas where they are exhibiting this odd behavior coincides with the two areas hit by the two recent low pressure depressions and associated storms of Ophelia and Brian, it could be supposed that these have affected them,” Wright said. “It could simply be injuries sustained by the rough weather itself or there could be sensitivity to a change in atmospheric pressure,” he added.


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At least five people died as strong winds hit across Central Europe, killing two people in Poland, two in the Czech Republic, and one in Germany officials said.

At Least Five Dead as Storm Winds Hit Central Europe

The victims in Poland and the Czech Republic were killed by falling trees, RTE reported.

The storm also knocked out power to thousands of Czechs and Poles.

The winds felled trees in the Czech Republic, with one elderly man dying after being hit in the town of Jicin Northeast of Prague, and one woman was killed by a tree in a wooded area.

The weather delayed or halted traffic on several railway corridors and slowed road traffic, with a fallen tree blocking one highway just outside of Prague.

Rivers in the North reached the highest flood-alert levels.

Winds reached more than 100km/h in several parts of the country, and topped out at 180km/h on Snezka, the country's highest mountain, Czech Television said.

The winds also hit Poland, damaging a pipeline at the country's liquefied natural gas terminal in the port of Swinoujscie.

They caused a small leak but no greater damage, according to a spokesman for the state gas pipeline operator, Gaz-System

A driver died in his car after crashing into a branch that had fallen on the road near the northwestern city of Szczecin, firefighters said.

"At present, hundreds of thousands of households are left without power," Sona Holingerova Hendrychova, spokeswoman for the state-run power producer CEZ, said in a statement.

About 200,000 people were also grappling with power outages in the West.

In Germany, the storms caused flooding in Hamburg, where waters rose up around the city's fishmarket.

Germany's Bild newspaper reported that a 63-year-old German man drowned at a campsite in Lower Saxony as a result of a storm surge

Railway operator Deutsche Bahn closed many routes in Northern and Central Germany, cutting rail access to cities such as Bremen, Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig.


Jedi Master
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Caught this story about the storm that just "raked" the North East of US.
Meteorologist Bob Henson, of comments in this article, New York, New England Raked by Weird Autumn Storm ,
and calls the storm a "meteorological bomb":
Hundreds of thousands of people in New England could be without power for days, in the wake of a blockbuster mid-latitude storm that produced a patchwork of torrential rains and fierce winds across a broad swath from western New York to Maine. Prodded by a very dynamic upper-level trough, the storm featured an intense surface low that raced from the vicinity of New York to west of Montreal late Sunday night into Monday morning. The low qualified as a meteorological “bomb,” as its central pressure dropped 29 mb in a 24-hour period. South of this low, a strong cold front picked up the remnants of Tropical Storm Philippe in the Northwest Atlantic and slammed them into the coast of Maine early Monday. All told, this “Franken-Philippe” storm could rack up damage on par with many landfalling Category 1 hurricanes.

(meteorological bomb: An extratropical surface cyclone with a central pressure that falls on the average at least 1 mb h-1 for 24 hours.

This predominantly maritime, cold season event is usually found approximately 750 km downstream from a mobile 500-mb trough, within or poleward of the maximum westerlies, and within or ahead of the planetary-scale troughs.)

He continues with comparisons of this storm to Hurricane Irene (2011) and the terrible ice storm of 1998, and gives data on flooding, rainfall and storm surge.

He lists the record lows (barometric pressure)
Record low barometric pressures for October

One sign of the uncommon strength of this storm: the very low barometric pressures, especially for early- to mid-autumn.

—In Albany, NY, the mean-sea-level pressure dropped to 975.9 mb at 1:51 am EDT Monday. This broke the previous all-time October record of 979.3 mb set on Oct. 26, 1980.

—In Providence, RI, the pressure dropped to 983.3 mb at 3:51 am EDT Monday, breaking the October record of 983.4 mb set on Oct. 26, 2006.

—In Boston, MA, the minimum pressure of 984.3 mb at 6:54 am EDT Monday was just above the October record of 982.4 mb from Oct. 26, 2006.

Here in the Midwest, this system brought crazy wind out of the south and west, typical for this time of year.


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The Island of Penang in Malaysia just received its highest rainfall since records began; 315mm in one day.


Penang flood death toll climbs to seven
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At least seven people have been confirmed dead in Penang after devastating floods triggered by the heaviest rainfall recorded in Penang's history.The seventh victim found today, is a yet to be identified man, whom police said was found covered in mud and stuck to the ticketing gate of the Bandara Stadium in Jalan Dato Keramat. Five of the other victims have been identified as Malaysians.Northeast district police chief Anuar Omar said one of the victims was 45-year-old Tan Ah Peow.Another victim was 97-year-old Chong Sin Thon, who was found at his home in Air Itam at 1PM.Anuar said three of the other victims were from Taman Free School, Jalan Perak and Jalan P Ramlee on the island, which are known to be flood-prone areas.

"One victim is a 75-year-old Indian Muslim male who drowned in his home. His body was retrieved by the Fire and Rescue Department and sent to the Hashim Yahya Mosque relocation centre," Anuar told reporters in Georgetown today.The man has been identified as Amanullah Shabib Kalandir.

"The other victim is Lau Guek Jee, a 64-year-old Chinese woman from the Jalan P Ramlee Paschal nursing and senior citizens' home."Her body was also retrieved by the Fire and Rescue Department and sent to the relocation centre at the Hashim Yahya Mosque."The third victim is 78-year-old Chew Eng Lean," said Anuar, without elaborating further.

State executive councillor Phee Boon Poh had also confirmed the death of a Bangladeshi male in Bagan Dalam, Seberang Perai last night."He died due to fallen trees, and we are awaiting more details about him," Phee told Malaysiakini.Thus far, two relief centres – Hashim Yahya mosque and a surau in Taman Free School – have been opened to deal with flood victims.

Penang Water Supply Corporation chief executive officer Jaseni Maidinsa said Penang was experiencing a historic amount of rainfall."The Sept 15 flood had rainfall as much as 70mm. Last night's was 315mm, the highest in Penang's history," he said.Penang was hit by flooding since yesterday evening as strong winds lashed across the island and mainland, uprooting trees, damaging roads and buildings and stranding vehicles. causing massive traffic jams.Flights and bus routes were interrupted, and some areas in Jelutong suffered blackouts.

Tanjung Bungah assemblyperson Teh Yee Cheu said several projects, including Bolton Surin in Chee Sent Garden, Tanjung Bungah, saw its road and housing units collapse due to the strong winds."The road and homes were built near a hillslope, and a multi-level carpark of a condominium had crack marks, while the carparks in Taman Sri Set and Permai Jaya's entire carpark was submerged in water.Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim appealed for assistance, and issued a call for volunteers, saying that food and clean water, as well as trucks or vehicles which can access flood areas are needed."What we did last night was to manually drag boats through the water. It is very slow and exhausting, most of our volunteers need rest after more than five hours walking in waste, dragging boats.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had described the disaster as unprecedented and appealed to the federal government to deploy the military for assistance.The Malaysian Meteorological Department had last night also issued a heavy rain warning with Penang and parts of Kedah receiving a "red" notice, warning that the situation will persist until today.Parts of Perlis, Perak, Kelantan and Terengganu are also affected, but not as severely.Typhoon Damrey made landfall in Vietnam yesterday, killing at least 19 people. The category 2 typhoon had since weakened to a tropical storm.Concurrently, the Pacific Disaster Center and typhoon tracking portal reported the formation of a tropical disturbance over the Malaysian peninsula which is referred to as "invest 95W."The tropical disturbance is unlikely to develop into a tropical storm but will cause erratic weather.


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Well, we've had some crazy weather here in New South Wales, Australia with thunderstorms, wild winds and hail the size of golf balls.

Severe NSW weather blows roofs from buildings, brings unseasonal snow and 'giant hail'

A roof collapse has sent two people to hospital as rain and hail caused widespread damage across NSW, with the bureau predicting more "giant hail" and destructive winds into the evening.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned "giant hail and destructive winds" were possible with thunderstorms over the North West Slopes and Plains, parts of the Upper Hunter and inland parts of the Mid-North Coast. Areas that could be affected this evening are Port Macquarie, Taree, Armidale, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Moree, Narrabri, Walgett and Lightning Ridge.

The dangerous weather caused the roof of a community centre to collapse in the Hunter Valley town of Kurri Kurri, near Cessnock, just after 2:00pm. storm also produced has a massive hailstorm which hit suburbs north of Wollongong.The weather bureau said golf-ball-sized hail fell at Narrabri about 3:20pm.

Across the state, the BOM has issued severe thunderstorm warnings, a marine wind warning and hazardous surf warning, with the greatest impact likely to be on the South Coast and Illawarra. The storm also produced has a massive hailstorm which hit suburbs north of Wollongong.

The weather bureau said golf-ball-sized hail fell at Narrabri about 3:20pm.

Across the state, the BOM has issued severe thunderstorm warnings, a marine wind warning and hazardous surf warning, with the greatest impact likely to be on the South Coast and Illawarra.
The BOM's Mohammed Nabi said the weather would get worse as the day progressed. "At the moment we do have a severe wind warning for damaging winds along the coastal parts and the higher ground that is expected to effect the Illawarra later this afternoon with south, south-westerly winds," he said.

"Also before that we have a warning for heavy rain intensifying from about mid morning."

'Massive' damage reported in some parts of northern NSW

Stephen Butcher, from Tregeagle, near Lismore, said the damage from last night's storm was "massive".
"I fear for some of my stock, I have thousands of dollars worth of yearlings, two-year-old thoroughbreds in the paddocks," he said. "I'm hoping they stood up. I saw some of them venturing out when the ferocity of the storms hit. "I've got massive fig trees that are just shredded. "I could hear the roof tiles breaking with the force of the wind and the size of the hail. I've never seen anything like it."

Otto Saeck is the owner of Blueberry Fields at Brooklet near Byron Bay and said it was the most severe hailstorm he had seen in 30 years of growing berries in the area. "It was very very scary. We were sitting in the middle of the house hoping the windows wouldn't break," he said. "The purpose-built hail nets, we spent over three quarters of a million dollars on them upgrading them three years ago, hasn't stood up to the load and the winds. "It was like a tornado. We've lost most of the summer crop. We've got to spend hundreds of thousands in repair work. "We'll prune these hard, that have been damaged, hopefully they'll come back, but if not we'll have to pull them out and start again. It's pretty expensive."



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Not sure what happen as this anomaly could have been a micro burst, but where's the rain.

Plus a description by a wittiness of the event mentions a white light before the strong winds wrecked havoc. A some what of a localized event.

Las Vegas' strong winds cause damage (The white light quote)
Posted: Nov 28, 2017 7:17 AM RST
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -Video 1:53
The week after Thanksgiving brought strong winds into the Las Vegas Valley.


Has me think could the above have been a plasma electric event discharge. Though interesting but remote never the less strange times.

Also timely but not related is an observation from AMS
2017-11-27 18:30 PST - 2017-11-28 02:30 UT - Duration ≈3.5s
AMS received one report about a fireball seen over NV on Tuesday, November 28th 2017 around 02:30 UT.
D. Sound 1 no C. Sound
Remarks: When seen it falling, it honestly looked like it was going to fall right on top of Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Published on Mar 31, 2017
Las Vegas had an unexpected wind storm which I believe was spiritually related. It wasn't just the wind but the electricity that filled the air with strange looking clouds & temperatures dropping rapidly.


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The United Nations reported that 29 people died and 22 went missing after Cyclone Ava made landfal on Madagascar.

Ava Cyclone Affects More Than 80,000 People in Madagascar

More than 80,000 people in Madagascar were affected by Tropical Cyclone Ava, after it made landfall along northeastern Madagascar's coast on January 5, according to UN.

Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations Stéphane Dujarric said during Tuesday's briefing that the cyclone affected some 83,000 people with 29 dead and 22 missing. The spokesman also said that 17 first aid posts were destroyed and 141 schools damaged.

Humanitarian organizations are currently providing people with medical supplies, drinking water and tents, Dujarric said.

After making a landfall along the coast of northeastern Madagascar, Tropical Cyclone Ava strengthened into a hurricane, prompting national weather service Météo Madagascar to issue red alerts and yellow alerts on the island's east coast.

The National Bureau of Disaster Risk Management reported earlier, that more that 2,000 were evacuated before the cyclone reached Madagascar. The bureau also said that according to an assessment, 989 people have been displaced due to the force of nature.


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A devastating storm hit the northern part of Europe earlier this week, blowing people off their feet and roofs from buildings.

WATCH Deadly Storm Raging in Europe, Blowing People Off Feet (PHOTO, VIDEO) 20.01.2018

The storm that swept through the Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium with winds, reaching some 126 mph (200 kph), caused floods, downed trees, damaged vehicles and halted transport services.

According to media reports, dozens have been injured, while the death toll has reached 11 people so far, with eight of them dying in Germany, including two firefighters. The deaths were mainly caused by falling trees and debris, while the firefighters died during clean-up efforts.

The disaster made Germany's Deutsche Bahn train operator cancel all long distances services, saying that power lines had been damaged by falling trees and debris had blocked railway tracks.

A number of domestic flights were canceled, while flights at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam were suspended after roof plates had been blown off the terminal building.

One of the most dramatic cases happened at Dusseldorf airport on Thursday. A video that immediately went viral shows a Bombardier Q400 twin-engine plane that was almost spun around by strong winds during landing. (1:25 min.)

However, the highly-skilled pilots of German Eurowings airlines managed to land the aircraft.

People on social media are sharing photos and videos, showing the devastation that the storm has caused.

The storm, named "Friederike" in Germany, is thought to be the worst since Kyrill in 2007.


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Heavy snowfall has blocked all traffic to the Alpine resort of Davos, where the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), which brings together heads of state and business leaders, is about to start, a Sputnik correspondent reported Monday.

Heavy Snowfall Blocks Traffic to World Economic Forum Venue (PHOTO)

Snow showers have continued without interruption since last week, and enormous snowbanks have blocked not only roads but also the railway. Trains running to Klosters, where many WEF delegates are staying, circulated with long delays on Monday morning, but in the afternoon, railway connections were completely interrupted.

Those people who managed to dig their cars out from under the snow now have to spend hours in traffic jams.

"As avalanche risk is high, please ski on open slopes only. Streets around Davos are expected to stay accessible," the website of Davos-Klosters resort said.

On Monday, the Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) recorded a "very high avalanche danger over widespread areas."

According to the WEF organizers, over 3,000 participants from more than 110 countries are to be in attendance, with more than 70 heads of state to take part in the global forum.


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The biggest snowfall in years has partially paralyzed Japan's transportation system and has led to scores of injuries. Emergency services have been working overtime in the capital Tokyo.

Extreme Weather: Japan Hit by Heavy Snow, Flights Disrupted (PHOTOS) 22.01.2018

At least 67 people have suffered various injuries due to severe weather in Japan's metropolitan area according to national broadcaster NHK.

The snowfall has prompted the country's weather agency to issue a heavy snow warning for Tokyo for the first time in four years.

The transport ministry also issued an "emergency" announcement urging people to go home early amid fears of public transport chaos and to stay indoors when possible.

Over 337 domestic flights have been cancelled, while snow also disrupted rail traffic on Monday.

People complained on social media about struggling to get around and out of Tokyo.

​Some twitter users made fun of Tokyo's difficulty to deal with the snow.

​A disaster management center in the prime minister's office has been set up to monitor the situation. According to the country's' weather agency, Japan's Kanto-Koshin region is expected to get 10 to 40 cm of fresh snow through Monday to Tuesday.


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angelburst29 said:
Heavy snowfall has blocked all traffic to the Alpine resort of Davos, where the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), which brings together heads of state and business leaders, is about to start, a Sputnik correspondent reported Monday.

Heavy Snowfall Blocks Traffic to World Economic Forum Venue (PHOTO)

DAVOS, Switzerland — It may be tempting fate to try to gather 60 heads of state and hundreds of global business leaders in the dead of winter in a Swiss mountain valley. This year, the World Economic Forum’s luck seems to have run out.

Heads of State and C.E.O.s in Davos Beware: 6 Feet of Snow in 6 Days JAN. 22, 2018

Fat, damp snowflakes have been tumbling down for the past six days, burying the town in six feet of snow, three feet of it in the last two days alone. Snow was still falling fast on Monday night, and the steep, pine-dotted slopes were so heavily laden that some neighborhoods here in Davos had to be evacuated for fear of avalanches.

Head-high snow drifts quickly piled up along the roads, leaving no place for street plows to push more snow. Sidewalks completely disappeared. Pedestrians slipped and slid in traffic between huge trucks and luxury minivans on streets carpeted with compacted ice several inches thick.

Davos is not alone in getting clobbered with snow in Switzerland this winter. Just two weeks ago, 13,000 tourists were stranded at the foot of the Matterhorn by heavy snow and rain. But the timing of the snowfall — on the eve of the World Economic Forum’s annual conference — has had an outsize impact.

By Sunday night, heavy snow had already blocked the rail line through the Alps from Zurich, and villages along the route were at the highest level of avalanche alert. Swiss Rail began unloading Davos-bound passengers from their express trains, taking them on a half-hour bus trip on back roads around the blockage and then loading them onto a crowded red commuter train that ran the rest of the way into Davos.

“What shall we do,” the mayor of Davos, Tarzisius Caviezel, said at a news conference on Monday, admitting he was at a loss for how to respond. “It’s impossible.”

There was too much snow to find places to put in the narrow, steep-sloped valley, he explained, and no easy way to take it anywhere else. That throngs of uber-wealthy conference goers and their entourages were trying to push their way toward Davos did not help. A giant purple freight truck wound up in a snow bank on Monday morning across the street from the conference center, temporarily paralyzing the already slow-moving traffic.

“We can do nothing,” Mr. Caviezel said, except wait for better weather to arrive, perhaps some time on Tuesday, and gradually dig out.

The mayor had been expected to be joined at the news conference by Ulrich Spiesshofer, the chief executive of ABB, the Zurich-based multinational. ABB makes some of the world’s brawniest electrical power equipment for the world’s harshest and most remote locations. But Mr. Spiesshofer arrived late because his car was stuck in traffic.

In perhaps the most harrowing indignity for the plutocrats who have made the World Economic Forum their favorite winter meeting ground, even the town’s helicopter pad was closed because of the snowstorm. By early afternoon, a quarter-mile trip in one of the ubiquitous black luxury minivans with plush leather seats that shuttle participants around the town took nearly an hour.

Linda P. Fried, the dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, allowed three hours at midday on Monday to travel from her hotel to the uncrowded registration center nearby and then a few blocks to the conference. But because of the gridlock, she was a half-hour late to give her speech. The topic had been the health risks that arise from climate change.

“I’ve been coming for eight years and this is the worst I’ve seen it,” she said. But she bristled when asked whether some — like perhaps President Trump — might question the incongruity of discussing global warming during a blizzard.

It isn’t accurate, people just don’t understand, that’s not the metric,” she said.

Climate scientists have long warned that rising emissions of greenhouse gases by humanity may cause weather extremes, and not just heat waves. But it is hard to link any single weather event to climate change.

Still, there were some who liked the snow: avid skiers. “I skied here as a kid,” said Anthony Couse, the chief executive for Asia at Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants, “and there definitely was not this much snow.”


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TEHRAN: Iran’s Khuzestan province was suffocating for the fifth straight day on Tuesday under a cloud of dust that has hit seven times the maximum recommended limit, Iranian media reported.

Southwest Iran suffocates under dust cloud Tuesday 23 January 2018

Images published by the semi-official news agency ISNA showed visibility reduced to just a few meters, with the sun hidden behind a blanket of dense orange pollution and just a few brave pedestrians wearing masks.

The province in southwest Iran has suffered for years under mounting air pollution as chronic drought has combined with over-use of water supplies to dry up the region.

Between Friday and Monday, 1,300 people were hospitalized for respiratory problems in the provincial capital of Ahvaz and the other key cities of Abadan, Khorramshahr and Shadegan, said official news agency IRNA.

Atmospheric pollution hit a peak on Monday afternoon in Abadan, leading to the closure of many schools and government offices, IRNA said.

President Hassan Rouhani sent a team of experts, including environment department chief Isa Kalantari and Agriculture Minister Mahmoud Hojati, to oversee the government response over the weekend.

In a post on his departmental website, Kalantari said decades of excessive water consumption and poor policy were to blame for the increasing problems.
“We have used our water resources without looking to the future and without applying any expertise on water resources,” he wrote.

“Given that the current situation is the result of the fact that our country is semi-arid and semi-desert, we must prepare ourselves to adapt to a life with less water.”

The environmental disaster is compounded by dust storms drifting in from neighboring Iraq and Saudi Arabia, which have also increased over the past two decades.

In a bid to limit the impact, Iranian authorities say they are planting thousands of hectares of plants and trees to act as a natural barrier and replenish the soil.

Devastated by the war between Iraq and Iran in the 1980s, Khuzestan is populated mostly by Arabs who frequently complain they are ignored by the government in Tehran and see few of the benefits from the oil fields in their province.

Khorramshahr in particular saw considerable unrest during protests that hit many parts of provincial Iran over the New Year period.


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Heavy snowfalls in Iran that began on Thursday and continued through Saturday night have brought joy to ski-lovers and a lot less fun to drivers and municipal workers.

Watch: Iran Buried Under Snow, Blocking Roads, Shutting Air Traffic 28.01.2018 (Video)

Some 20 northern and western Iranian provinces have been hit with their first heavy snowfall after a month of abnormally warm winter, IRNA news agency reported Sunday.

Both of Tehran's international airports Imam Khomeini International and Mehrabad were shut down due to poor visibility and "until further notice."

​​Heavy snowfall has also caused a lot of trouble for drivers, who became stuck on highways outside of the Iranian capital. The authorities have mobilized hundreds of Red Crescent teams to aid the drivers, while some 6,600 people have been put up in emergency accommodations.

The deepness of snowdrifts in mountainous areas has reached some 1.3 meters, while the overall temperature is set to drop below —20 Celsius. According to the state gas company, it expects a rise in gas demand for certain northern provinces.

​At the same time, Tehran's mayor has asked people to aid municipality workers in snow-clearing efforts.
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