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Winter bites back with snow warning

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The heaviest snowfalls are expected on higher ground across much of Scotland A wintry snap is expected across much of Scotland with a warning for snow in place throughout the day. A Met Office yellow “be aware” alert has been put in place from 04:00 to 21:00. The most northerly parts of the country are not covered but “disruptive snow” is forecast – mainly over higher ground – further south. A mix of rain and snow is likely at lower levels but 10cm (4in)…

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Iceland mayors object to Google snow

Image copyright www.westfjords.is Image caption Winter in Bolungarvík Two mayors in Iceland are campaigning to have Google Maps change its satellite image of their towns, which are shown as covered in snow. Jón Páll Hreinsson says this could put overseas tourists off visiting Bolungarvík in the picturesque Western Fjords region, whose islands and fishing villages are already a popular summer destination for Icelanders, the RÚV public broadcaster reports. “This snowbound image gets on my nerves,” he told the Vísir news site, explaining why he sends the Google Maps site daily…

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Huge snow ledge on Aonach Mor melts in warm weather

Image copyright SAIS LOchaber Image caption Images of the cornice taken on 11 February and about 10 days later A huge ledge of snow called a cornice that formed on a Lochaber mountain has melted in February’s warm weather. Cornices are formed by wind-blown snow and can collapse under their own weight and cause avalanches, often during a thaw. The Scottish Avalanche Information Service’s (SAIS) Lochaber team took an image of the cornice on Aonach Mor on 11 February. A new picture taken on Wednesday shows that much of it…

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The snow patrol drones saving skiiers from an icy death

Image copyright Robodrone Image caption Rescue teams say drones can sometimes halve search times Being buried alive is a scenario most of us thankfully only experience in nightmares. But for off-piste skiing fans, lured by the thrill of carving their own tracks through fresh powder snow, it’s an ever-present risk. More than 150 people – mostly skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers – are killed in avalanches every year, according to National Geographic statistics. This month alone, there have been deaths in Switzerland, Italy, Canada and North America. Drone manufacturers claim UAVs…

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Seattle struggles with unusually heavy snow

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some residents, and their pets, have been taking advantage of conditions Parts of the US Pacific Northwest are being inundated with unusually high levels of snow. The region, more used to rain than extreme wintry conditions, has been hit by a series of wintry storm systems. The National Weather Service says parts of Seattle have received more than 10.6in (27cm) of snow so far this February – the highest amount in 70 years. Forecasters have warned of more to come on Sunday and Monday.…

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UK weather: Ice warnings as snow disrupts weekend

Image copyright PA Image caption A man clears snow in a street in Westbury, Wiltshire, on Saturday morning Weather warnings for ice have been issued for Saturday afternoon and evening in parts of England as wintry conditions continue to affect the UK. The Met Office is advising care as snow is expected to melt during the day and freeze as temperatures drop. Eastern and southern England are braced for their coldest night of the winter, with -12C (10F) forecast, while parts of Scotland could see similar lows. The freezing weather…

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UK weather: Snow and ice to continue over weekend

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAmbulance rescued on snowy road in Basingstoke Freezing temperatures are set to continue into the weekend after snow once again left many motorists stuck in their vehicles overnight. Highways England said police had worked until 02:00 GMT on Saturday to free vehicles from the M3 near Basingstoke. And Kent Police tweeted it had had an “incredibly busy night” with “numerous” collisions and stranded cars. The Met Office said temperatures could reach -16C (3F) in Scotland on Saturday night but that Sunday should…

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Crowds brave snow flurries to see UK royals Meghan and Harry

Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex unveil a commemorative plaque to celebrate the official opening of Bristol Old Vic’s new building in Bristol, Britain, February 1, 2019. Marc Giddings/Pool via REUTERS BRISTOL, England (Reuters) – Prince Harry and his wife Meghan thanked crowds of well-wishers for braving wintry weather and snow flurries to welcome them on a trip to southwest England on Friday. Freezing conditions across much of southern Britain caused hundreds of schools to shut, closed airports and led to widespread disruption on roads…

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UK weather: Travel disruption continues with more snow expected

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC Weather’s Simon King looks at where will be worst hit Travellers are being warned of further disruption, with weather warnings issued for Friday evening and overnight. The Met Office yellow warnings for snow and ice cover several areas of the UK, while a separate warning for ice is in place for southern England. Hundreds of schools across Wales and southern parts of England were closed for the day due to the conditions. At Bristol Airport the majority of the day’s flights…

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