The weather outside is frightful almost everywhere
December 20th, 2010
12:14 PM ET

The weather outside is frightful almost everywhere

Wherever you may be today, there's a good chance you're walking in a winter wonderland. Mostly because it isn't safe to drive or fly.

A winter storm warning remained in effect through Monday afternoon for California's Sierra Nevada mountains, where 5 to 10 feet of snow could accumulate on top of the 9 to 10 feet that fell in some areas Sunday.

Heavy rains prompted the emergency evacuation Monday of nearly 2,000 residents of a flooding Southern California town and the
temporary closure of at least two highways because of mudslides.

Residents near McFarland were being evacuated Monday because of what Fire Department spokesman Sean Collins called "major flooding."

The area has been inundated with rain for four days, with totals ranging as high as 10 inches. The National Weather Service said additional rain is expected in the area through Tuesday.

Heavy snow was snarling air travel in Europe, where hundreds of flights were canceled in London, Paris, Frankfurt and Berlin. And just for good measure, the temperature reached zero degrees  Fahrenheit overnight in Northern Ireland.

London's Gatwick Airport was closed until Tuesday morning after 5 cm (2 inches) of snow fell in an hour Monday night, airport officials reported.

Airport staff was working to make stranded passengers "as comfortable as possible," but it advised other travelers to check before they left for the airport to make sure their flights were still scheduled.

Australians may see a white Christmas for the first time in decades after up to 11 inches of snow fell in New South Wales and smaller amounts in Victoria. Aussies traditionally sunbathe on the beach on Christmas.

Even people in Minnesota are complaining about winter weather. Punter Chris Kluwe says the outdoor stadium where his Vikings will play Monday night is unplayable because of cold and ice. Watch out, Chris: The area is under a game-time winter storm warning.

Perhaps worst of all, Lady Gaga had to postpone her Sunday night concert in Paris because her 28 trucks could not get into the city under a snow ban.

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soundoff (278 Responses)
  1. the incredble edible leg

    Ugh... i feel bad for all the people in the snowy areas. i hate... no... i LOATHE snow and wish to god id never left okinawa where i never saw it. although i find it quite amusing the snow seems to have skirted around us and fallen everywhere else...

    December 21, 2010 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jimmy Hoffa

    Wow, snow is wreaking havoc in places where it technically shouldn't be! Boo hoo, we've got several feet of it up here in edmonton, alberta! It's been like this every winter since i moved here 31 years ago, buy a canada goose jacket, some north face boots and deal with it princesses! Mother nature is finally spreadimg around what she's been saving for us for so many years! I love it!

    December 21, 2010 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ed Bailey

    Years ago I read a very sensible aeticle that said the extremes in the weather would become more, well, extreme and while this activity would be xery obvious, the warming of the planet would creep farther upward. They seemto have been right. And. Another person said we should watch what is going on in our own back yard. Wished I would have done that. Mine is full of mercury,put there intentionlly by politically connected greedy criminals. Ask me if I am going to vote for the next republic0an presidential candidate!

    December 21, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cold War Veteran

    Look and see what countries are generally warm and snuggly right now, and those are the countries that are using weather weapons against the rest of us. Of course, the next logical step would be to invade and conquer them.

    Seriously, the world is experiencing a simple statistical anomaly with the weather right now. It's when these anomalies increase in frequency that we should take pause. We shouldn't simply allow these anomalies to become the new norm, without seriously considering the role humankind has to play, and taking what steps we can to protect future generations.

    Have a warm and fuzzy day!

    December 21, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. Erin

    No snow yet in Philly, just some flurries last week that didn't last a day. Hearing about the snow up in New England makes me nervous though since I have to drive up there on Thursday for the holiday.

    December 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. acey

    Global warming is a misnomer. lt should be called global climate change. Although a disaster by any other name...

    December 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. T3chsupport

    Portland, Oregon weather is the same as it is the other 9 months out of every rainy season... rainy.
    Oh, and somewhat chilly.

    December 21, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Wayne J.

    Declaring global warming as a worrisome anthropogenic effect based on CO2 in the presence of so much water vapor is a scientific fraud and a hoax. The last 50 years of this house of cards is now tumbling down as the Earth cools for the next 100 years. CO2 latent heat is less than air and not even half of that for water vapor. A few tenths of a degree warming over a century is way too wimpy. We are now in a Landscheidt minimum with global cooling expected into the next century. Water vapor is a unique GHG in that it can cool also by raining, cloud formation and snowing. So, during this long term cooling, a lot of the GHE from water vapor is going to be lost to the massive increase in cold dry air. Besides, mankind will run out of fossil fuel in the near distant future and this whole thing becomes a mute point.

    December 21, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • KyleXR8

      Absolutely incorrect. What cooling? Besides, water vapor remains relatively constant throughout the years and falls out of the atmosphere pretty quickly. CO2 is a much more intense greenhouse gas and stays in the atmosphere for much longer periods of time – it only takes a small amount of CO2 to change temperature, while it takes massive amounts of water vapor to do the same thing. While the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is small, it's enough to keep the planet warm enough to be habitable. It's basic chemistry and physics.

      December 23, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Matt

    Sunny in New York City with temperatures hovering around freezing (32 F/ 0 C) so it's not bad weather here.
    We're wishing for white Christmas :))

    Merry Christmas everyone

    December 22, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
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