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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  1. bb

    The seventeenth chapter of the book of Revelation speaks of a mysterious woman who rides a beast. It shows that at the end of the age, most of the earth would be drinking out of her hand. that time has arrived. Her method of intoxication is merriment, festivity, drink, and most of all, materialism. This materialism is the free enterprise, or capitalistic system.

    Thank God the end is near!!!!!!!!

    December 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rich

    I'm glad that global warming has kicked in or it would have been even colder and snowier.

    December 20, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      You may just be too stupid to live

      December 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |

    hello: teacher happy holiday i will see you next year to ccnp on esl class room I need to Lear English.

    December 20, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alf

    It's global warming, I saw the movie and al Gore is a weatherman.

    December 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jay

    It's called "winter". Happens every year around this time. Relax...that stuff you see is just frozen water. You'll have forgotten about it in 6 months when you're swimming in a pool.

    December 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. wade

    It is Global Warming! Just feels like cold.

    December 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Scott

    I love being reminded of just how sorroundded I am by complete knuckle dragging, mouth breathing, idiots

    December 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    Thank God weather stopped a potentially deadly disaster...people going to Lady Gaga's concert.

    December 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dustin

    I feel like I'm missing out. It's snowing everywhere but here in New Mexico, when it SHOULD be snowing here at this time of year. =(

    December 20, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeremy Dens

    I'm all for believing in the movie 2012 don't get me wrong here but has anyone every taken the time to consider that maybe the reason more things are happening is only because we hear about them! Think about it, 20 years ago, heck 5 years ago, did "You" have someone from Europe on your Facebook page? Did CNN know what was going on in Turkey at 3 am? Sure they probably did, but did you? We have technology to blame for some of the pandamonia of the weather and weird things happening, becasue of technology we hear about what happened in south korea before they do! So just because we hear about more things happening doesn't Necessarily mean more things are happening! I dont know im just sayin!

    December 20, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andrea M

    Sunny and nice here in Denver with the added fun of being able to see the mountains getting walloped!

    December 20, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrea

      The Denver area has only see flurries all season thus far. This is the driest it's been ever. We haven't had any significant moisture in the city for months. I wish we would have a white Christmas, but it looks like the white stuff will remain in the mountains. It was 61 yesterday and in the high 50's today. This is not normal but it makes for an enjoyable evening to see the Zoo Lights or the lights at the Botanic Gardens. This is certainly not frightful by any stretch of the imagination.

      December 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      I'm in Castle Rock and it has been sunny, warm, and beautiful for so long now. Kind of miss the snow, however!

      December 20, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kiva

      Yup, your neighbors to the west in GJ are enjoying a bit of rain here and there, but nothing white whatsoever. It's kind of interesting that everywhere else in the world is getting hit and we're in the 50s and 60s. I hope it snows a little though...

      December 21, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Rach

      I'm reading this article on our laptop, on the floor of LAX. We came in from San Francisco on a flight that was delayed by about 2 hours, and missed our flight to London. We were told by the airline (who I won't name, but I'd be curious to see who you could guess) that it's not their fault/problem, they cannot get us to our final destination (not London, which was just a stop) through any other route, nor can they fly us back to SF due to "weather" (which is, at MOST, slightly overcast), nor can they offer us a hotel. Said airline will not even offer a food voucher. Nothing. Period. My significant other is now on the phone, trying to get a hold of his father overseas, in the hopes that he can purchase a ticket via an airline that has availabilities, but couldn't be offered to us through our current airline because it is not in their "network". In the 15 years that my S.O. has traveled internationally (and on a yearly basis, even), he has never encountered such a lack of help or semblance of a resolution. We understand that the weather and mother nature will do what it pleases, but to be offered absolutely NOTHING is unbelievable.

      I realize this article is primarily about the weather, but I wanted to contribute. Partly because I feel hopeless, and partly because, quite frankly, I have nothing else to do. Thanks for reading.

      December 21, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. OIL Company

    No climate change here, move along!

    December 20, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • KBinMN

      Climate change? I thought they called it AGW. Guess that warming part is a bit inconvienent at this point.

      December 20, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • tbrnotb

      And that's exactly what it is...climate change. It happens. Let's just wait a decade or two and see where we are then....probably with Florida underwater. But it's no use even discussing the subject with you deniers! So let it snow heavy in the winter and let's remember the hot summers. 2010 was the warmest year on record so far. You can't deny that!

      December 20, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmyk

      I guess tbrnotb didn't get it.

      December 20, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikes

      What do you mean, no global warming? 20,000 years ago, there was 600 meters of ice covering the spot where I'm sitting. Now, we've got 4 inches of snow. It's obviously warmer now.

      But then again, it's colder than it was 4.5 billion years ago, when it was all molten rock. So there's obviously global cooling.

      December 20, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ichi

      tbrnobt and mikes did not get the joke.

      December 20, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. KBinMN

    All I can say from here in Minneapolis is – Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Should be an interesting football game this evening. We already have 4-5 inches of new snow from just this afternoon. More coming of course.

    December 20, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JackoTheMagnificent

    El Paso, TX: Today – Sunny and 73, Tomorrow – Sunny and 72... "almost" is right.

    December 20, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • tbrnotb

      Yeah...but you're still in El Paso, Texas! LOL!

      December 20, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rizzo

    its weather not news

    December 20, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
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