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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We asked, you responded.  Here are some of the photos of the weather mess in Europe that you sent us.

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soundoff (278 Responses)
  1. craiginthere2

    What is this weather-book?No snow in ft worth.

    December 20, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. craiginthere2

    Guess you didn't get it either smartass!

    December 20, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Godsmack

    Windy and cold in Northern New Jersey. Hope we get a little snow for Christmas.

    December 20, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PlanetX

    Poleshift ?

    December 20, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Logic

    The facts that you don't understand means you just don't want to change. You feel safe in your ignorance, that's ok too.

    But here is the fact: it's is not solely on global warming. It is a timeline tightening (decrease in lapse vs time) of changing weather patterns.
    In areas that are not used to becoming desolate (drought) – there will be.
    In areas that do not see snowfall (or heavy downfalls of such – there will be.

    It will be in the shortening timelines not associated in the million of years of changes that have happened in the past. More like in the 1000's, then 100's. If THEN the current rates of pollution are not reduced or maintained by mankind. Then the trends are shorter and shorter. The moderates become severe and more severe. This will not take the usual millions of years then you are quietly staying calm about.

    But like always the feeling goes "we'll be all dead by the time we (I) will care about." The problem with this mentality is not in seeing the future for your kids. So then if you're not going to be a parent or thinking of it, keep on polluting and don't change.

    It is your choice and rightly so.

    December 20, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Logic

    There is one good thing I want to happen and expect to happen though! The lower southern region of the US will be more drought prone. Burn those religious nutcases in TEXAS!

    Stupid Intelligent Design morons!

    December 20, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alicia

    I live in Montana...we got a huge snow storm today...atleast 9 inches...but that is nothing new for us...not the first one this year and won't be the last...but you will never see that on here...cause it's "normal" for us...whatever!!

    December 20, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John


    December 20, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Donna Z

    North Pole, AK it is -30. A bit chilly outside.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alison

    First winter here in El Paso, beautiful weather, great city!

    December 20, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kathleen

    Our normal monthly precip for Dec is about an inch and a half , ( high desert , about 4000 ft elev )
    Rain started last friday ( 3 days ago ) , has now dropped about 5 inches already and has not stopped yet .
    The uber saturated ground has standing water everywhere and I've started a pump to divert water away from the foundation to lower terrain .
    Rumor has it the rain should let up in about 2 more days , break for a couple , then start again .
    Ya , the ' new ' situation normal here . . . FUBAR . . .


    December 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bubblepuppy

    72 degrees in Phoenix today. Went to the mall and Santa was almost sweating to death in his suit.

    It's great to wear a T shirt and shorts in December!!!

    Ha ha haa haaaaahha ha ha haaaa ha hee heeeeeeeehe hee hee hoo hoo!

    December 20, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • water for life

      Good for you but you're in a terribly arid part of the country with no natural water resources. Keep building golf courses and watering in the desert.... Just don't come trying to get your mitts on the Great Lakes when you can't keep it up.

      December 21, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Misha

    Had a beautiful 78F afternoon walk with my dogs in Central TX. Sunny and wamr breeze. Tomorrow about the same. Glad have made a deliberate decision from Northeast to the beautiful TX: one of the main reasons: weather and... jay ou bee...

    December 21, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. joe

    hide the decline...

    December 21, 2010 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
    • KyleXR8

      Which actually, in real life, was in reference to declining atmospheric 14C/12C ratios after 1960 in response to nuclear testing:

      Not any sort of decline in temperatures.

      December 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin O'Brien

    It's been rainy the pastr few days here in Honolulu Hawaii.

    December 21, 2010 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
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