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. HerpDerpington

    GUYS IT'S COLD OUT. Climate change is dead wrong because it's cold! Everybody knows that weather and climate are the same thing. Science is dumb.

    December 20, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. youhaveyourownopinion

    Global warming or not, the summers feel hotter and the winters colder, so we could take the risk and keep doing what we're doing and sweep all efforts to modernize our fuel technology, or we can be take the safe side and do something...

    December 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Billthedawg

    Global warming is a myth? If you believe that, you are either not living in reality or a member of the Tea Party. Probably both.

    December 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • arb

      Explain the science.

      December 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      It's not a myth. A myth is an age old story told by people who like to tell fantastic tales about things that couldn't possibly happen so as to either entertain people or scare them enough to behave a certain way...ok, you got me, it's a myth.

      December 20, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DRF

    It's a balmy 75 degrees in Houston today...suckers!!!

    December 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • DRF

      Correction, its now 77 degrees...

      December 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schniggy VonFlugen

      Bummer. Better you than me. Lived in Houston, hated it. Too hot for me. Personally I'd prefer it be Winter year 'round. 6' of problem. Love it. Snow mobiles, skiing, outdoor hockey.....can't get enough.

      December 20, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. G-Dubya

    Greetings from Halifax, Nova Scotia. It's around 40 Farenheit (sp?? – hey, we use Celsius up here) but we have had maybe one inch of snow so far this year. We haven't had a day below freezing yet – although we're due for a Nor'easter which will likely be nothing but lots of rain. Meanwhile, we are surrounded by snow in the USA to the south and provinces to the west. This is coming off the mildest winter we had in decades, and the hottest summer we had in decades. I don't know if climate change is real or not, but it certainly feels like things are changing in the weather here.

    December 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schniggy VonFlugen

      Born in Halifax, now living in Colorado, USA. Same here. Driest, warmest Nov/Dec in a very long time. Usually 2+' of snow by now. I'm sure my turn is coming.....probably in Spring.

      December 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. James

    One this is for sure, all this just makes like a bit more interesting. The sad part is regardless of whether or not global warming is true is that people just love misery. Most of us reading all this stuff actually have no idea of the science involved or what is true or what is hype, but man o man we love to thought of bad things to come. Just imagine how worked up the media would be if our response to global warming was " bummer '

    December 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cleat

    snow in germany OH TEH NOES!!@!@!!!!11!!!! MUST BE GLOBAL WARMING!!!!!
    rain in Kali? so now you finally get rain and you whine...
    snow in the mountains!!!! so what?!?!

    just another "work up the bees" story...

    December 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Squidhead

    It's really nice here in Florida now; however, every year around this time it gets chilly

    December 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cleat

    so a "big" storm blows through- it dosent happen that often...relax...move WILL go away...

    December 20, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cold War Veteran

    Obviously, the aliens must have had high hopes for us genetically-altered humans when they seeded this planet with our ancestors. The 2012 dooms day prophecies may be the time when the alien "gods" return to see how they're human experiment has been doing...and who will likely promptly destroy us and start over, once they've seen what a mess we've made of the planet. I think the "gods" in various religions were highly advanced aliens; we called them "gods" because that's the way people described beings who inhabited the heavens. Think about it. They arrived in their space ships (Christians, this means the Star of Bethlehem was a spaceship), created some alien-human hybrids to help us out (Jesus, Buddah, Mohamed, and other similar leaders on most every continent), then left us for a while with the promise to return later to see how we were doing. It's really not as "crazy"-sounding as many of the various religions themselves.

    December 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • cleat

      tinfoil wasnt around then either- so we can be

      December 20, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mr. G. A.Barbuor.

    I' in Colorado Springs And it is 68 degree here today . We have been haven't 50 and 60 degree weather and some in the high 40's here in the Springs no snow in the for case.

    December 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dru

    It is disturbing that something like weather, can have people posting attacks on political stand points, religious stand points, and scientific stand points of others. Quick thought its the holidays – stop posting your opinion and go spend time with your families, friends, or signifigant others. Be thankful for what you have. Thank the troops for unselfishly putting thier lives on the line. Do those not seem like worthwhile activities instead of insults and attacks based on weather forecasts?

    December 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      i had to take time in say'n thanks,finally someone with sence

      December 20, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheLastOneofMPLS

      I have nothing, therefore what's to be Thankful for?

      December 20, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Durson

      Burying our head in the sand isn't going to help the environment. There is so much bad pseudo-science out there, it is appalling. When one looks and understands the real research into climate change, one realizes that it is imperative to speak up. Snuggling is nice, but so is the environment.

      December 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. quantumslip

    Came here for the people saying crazy blizzards and cold snaps means global warming doesn't exist. Left satisfied and saddened at the same time.

    December 20, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • cleat

      your right- the earth has never had a blizzard before...MUST be man doing it... much snow did we have during the ice age?....

      December 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bill

    Actually, Frosty the Snowman was planning on doing quite a bit of traveling this December, so he had Jack Frost setup some cool weather so he could enjoy himself..................Lighten up people. It's a weather cycle. They happen. I think most people agree that the earth's climate is warming but running around screaming the sky is falling will not do any good.

    December 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. arb

    December 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
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