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Manchester Airport Shut Due to Snow on Runways14s

Manchester Airport Shut Due to Snow on Runways

Manchester Airport was shut on January 30, due to snow that had accumulated on the airport’s two runways overnight. The airport tweeted that snow clearance would take until 9.30 that morning. Travellers stuck in grounded planes shared video and photos of the process. Yellow warnings for snow and ice were in place for almost all of the UK, with roads and schools closed in Scotland and Wales. Credit: Cloggs of War via Storyful

Roo Bounds Through Floodwater as Heavy Rainfall Strikes Queensland1m09s

Roo Bounds Through Floodwater as Heavy Rainfall Strikes Queensland

A wallaby was spotted bounding through floodwater in the town of Bluewater, north of Townsville, Queensland, after the region was hit by severe rainfall on Wednesday, January 30. In this video, shared with Storyful by local resident Lhet Ireland, the wallaby can be seen jumping through the water. In another shot, a lonely cow can be seen mooing in a flooded paddock. As of Wednesday afternoon, around 108 mm of rain fell on Townsville. A further 860 mm was expected to fall on the region by Wednesday February 6, the BoM predicted. A number of properties in the area were flooded and residents reported losing belongings such as tractors, animals and boats that had become unanchored. Some locals were unable to leave their properties due to flooded roads while others returning home from work could not get to their properties. “I have a dog that is probably trapped inside my house. If anyone has a boat and would be willing to go down the driveway and get her out of the house I would be forever greatful!” one local posted in the Bluewater News (Townsville, North Qld) Facebook group. “Someone’s tractor has just floated by my back yard this is heartbreaking,” another resident wrote. Another local rescued a cow from the ocean near Bluewater Creek. “It’s safe in our yard. If anyone has advice or knows who it belongs to please let me know.” “A boat has just broken anchor on Saunders side of boat ramp….anyone know owner??…hopefully they can get to it soon!!” another local posted in the group. Credit: Lhet Ireland via Storyful

Snow Congests Roads in Virginia's Fairfax County37s

Snow Congests Roads in Virginia's Fairfax County

Snow caused disruption to evening commuters in Virginia and the Washington, DC, area on on January 29, as the National Weather Service reported a “significant band of snow” moving across the region and urged caution on roadways. This video shows traffic edging along the Fairfax County in Virginia, west of Washington, DC. Credit: @Photoxpedia via Storyful

Snow Covers Fairfax County With Blanket of White41s

Snow Covers Fairfax County With Blanket of White

Virginia and the Washington, DC area were covered by a blanket of white on January 29 as the National Weather Service reported a “significant band of snow” moving across the region and warned drivers to be cautious. This video shows the snowfall in Fairfax Station, Virginia. Credit: Aimee Hix via Storyful

Otto the Dog Plays in Buffalo Snow as Winter Storm Approaches47s

Otto the Dog Plays in Buffalo Snow as Winter Storm Approaches

Otto the six-year-old Blue Heeler played around in heavy snow that accumulated in Buffalo, New York, on January 29, ahead of a lake effect storm that authorities said would dump between 18 and 24 inches on the city by Thursday. Otto’s owner Sarah Wintle shot this footage of Otto chasing after a ball and diving head first into deep powdery snow in Delaware Park. She told Storyful that “winter is his favorite season.” Credit: @SarahAWintle via Storyful

Sleet and Snow Snarl Traffic in Northern Virginia39s

Sleet and Snow Snarl Traffic in Northern Virginia

Sleet and snowfall snarled traffic on Tuesday evening, January 29, in Tysons, Virginia. The sudden snow caused backups on Route 495, known as “the Beltway” to DC locals, hours before the typical rush hour wait, according to a report. Several inches of snow fell in Virginia during the brief storm. However, forecasts say the snow will taper off later on Tuesday evening. Forecasters warned that cold temperatures overnight threaten to create slick roads and treacherous driving conditions on Wednesday morning. Credit: Krystin Roehl via Storyful

Snow Piles Up and Creates Whiteout Conditions in Grand Rapids38s

Snow Piles Up and Creates Whiteout Conditions in Grand Rapids

Heavy snowfall continued to descend on Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the second day on January 29, as a winter storm came across Michigan from the west. This video of a Grand Rapids neighborhood shows thick snow falling outside homes and piling high enough that it almost reaches mailboxes. Credit: Jennifer Mae Keizer via Storyful

Drivers Spin Out After Snow Squall Hits Toronto Causing Travel Disruptions34s

Drivers Spin Out After Snow Squall Hits Toronto Causing Travel Disruptions

Snow blankets streets and highways in Toronto, Canada, after a snow squall hit the city on Monday, January 28, causing cars on the roads to lose traction and spin out. Video posted on Instagram on Monday night shows two vehicles spinning their tires as they tried to gain traction of a Ontario highway. Travel conditions in Toronto suddenly deteriorated on Monday night after a snow storm developed. Thirty two centimeters of snow were recorded at Toronto Pearson Airport, according to CBC. Winds gusted up to 45 miles per hour and temperatures dropped past -10 degrees Fahrenheit. The extreme weather is expected to continue on Tuesday with another 15 cm forecast to fall. Credit: Felipe Gro via Storyful

'Frosted Donuts' Seen on Icy Lake Erie8s

'Frosted Donuts' Seen on Icy Lake Erie

Weather warnings were in place along the east coast and northeast of the United States on January 29, with rapid freeze and challenging travel conditions forecast. In Pennsylvania, a wind chill warning and a winter weather advisory were in place for several parts of the state. This footage, recorded in Freeport Beach, Pennsylvania, shows Lake Erie on January 27, with donut-shaped pieces of ice floating on the surface. Credit: Jesse Wilson via Storyful

Avalanche Triggered to Protect Teams Recovering Body on Utah Mountain42s

Avalanche Triggered to Protect Teams Recovering Body on Utah Mountain

Rescue teams recovered the body of a snowmobiler on January 26 after he was killed when an avalanche struck in the La Sal mountains in eastern Utah the day before. This footage shows an avalanche triggered by explosives in order to protect rescue teams who were working to recover the body, the Utah Avalanche Centre said. Credit: Eric Trenbeath, Utah Avalanche Centre via Storyful

Swamp Park Shares Secret of How Alligators Survive in Icy Water43s

Swamp Park Shares Secret of How Alligators Survive in Icy Water

Alligators are riding out the cold weather underneath the ice in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Shallotte River Swamp Park shared a video on their Facebook page of their park’s alligators, with their noses poking through the ice at the top of their pond. The video states that the 18 alligators are “thinking ahead” before the cold weather. According to local media, the alligators go through a process called brumation, similar to hibernation, in which they shut down their metabolism, keeping their noses above the ice to breathe. As of writing, the video has over 100,000 views on Facebook. Credit: Shallotte River Swamp Park via Storyful

Delayed by 75-Car Pileup, Locals Pass the Time in Most Canadian Way Possible20s

Delayed by 75-Car Pileup, Locals Pass the Time in Most Canadian Way Possible

Two major pileups were reported in southern Quebec on Sunday, January 27. More than 75 vehicles were involved in one on a highway near Saint-Sulpice, some 20 kilometers east of Montreal. Amid the long delays as the crash site was cleared, Mathieu Daniel Wagner of CBC came across some youngsters who broke out their hockey sticks and puck to pass the time. The second pileup involved about 20 vehicles, near Bois-des-Filion, CBC said. Credit: Radio-Canada via Storyful

Midwest Braced for Record Cold Snap as Near White-Out Hits Wisconsin Town7s

Midwest Braced for Record Cold Snap as Near White-Out Hits Wisconsin Town

An Arctic cold front was forecast to move south across Wisconsin and nearby states on Tuesday, January 29, as much of the Midwest braced itself for record low temperatures. The National Weather Service estimated that the eastern two-thirds of the United States would be affected by the severe cold snap, with the Upper Midwest towards the Ohio Valley forecast to be the worst affected. In Wisconsin, temperatures were expected to drop to between 25 and 35 degrees below zero as the front moved past, the National Weather Service said. Even colder weather was expected late on January 29, with wind chills of 35-50 below zero at times. This footage, recorded on January 28, shows near white-out conditions in Marinette, Wisconsin. Credit: wickedangel_95 via Storyful

Wisconsin Librarian Salutes 'Amazing' Plow Drivers After Snowy Commute11s

Wisconsin Librarian Salutes 'Amazing' Plow Drivers After Snowy Commute

Residents in Brown County, Wisconsin, were warned to stay off the roads as falling temperatures had rendered de-icing measures ineffective on January 28. One successful commuter did, however, take time to thank the country’s “amazing plow drivers” after her successful drive to work on a snowy morning. An Arctic cold front was forecast to move south across the state of Wisconsin with wind chills of between 35 to 50 degrees below freezing by nightfall on January 29. Credit: lifeasafieldtrip via Storyful

Bushfires Rage in Tasmania as Residents Evacuate41s

Bushfires Rage in Tasmania as Residents Evacuate

Out-of-control bushfires raged in Tasmania, on Tuesday, January 29. Emergency warnings were issued for 12 fires burning in the Southwest and Central Plateau regions of the southern island State on Tuesday, according to the Tasmania Fire Service. Three properties were lost to a large, “erratic” blaze in Glen Huon, which had consumed 32,000 hectares, the TFS said. In this video, shared to Instagram on January 28, plumes of smoke from the Glen Huon fire can be seen from behind a property as residents prepare to evacuate. As of Tuesday, the Glen Huon fire continued to threaten homes. The TFS said the fires would continue to grow throughout Tuesday due to weather conditions. “While the conditions eased overnight, today’s conditions will push the fires in a south-easterly direction and allow the fires to grow,” a statement read. “People need to leave early if their homes are not well-prepared and able to be actively defended.” Credit: @onsalmondscreek via Storyful

Firefighters Battle Out-Of-Control Blaze in Tasmania39s

Firefighters Battle Out-Of-Control Blaze in Tasmania

Firefighters battled out-of-control blazes raging across Tasmania, on Tuesday, January 29. Emergency warnings were issued for 12 different fires burning in the Southwest and Central Plateau regions of the Australian island State on Tuesday, according to the Tasmania Fire Service. Three properties were lost to a large, “erratic” blaze in Glen Huon, which had consumed 32,000 hectares, the TFS said. In this video, water bombing helicopters can be seen fighting the Glen Huon fire on January 29. Another video shows firefighting aircraft assisting with the Glen Huon blaze on January 28. As of Tuesday, the Glen Huon blaze continued to threaten homes. The TFS said the fires would continue to grow throughout Tuesday due to weather conditions. “While the conditions eased overnight, today’s conditions will push the fires in a south-easterly direction and allow the fires to grow,” a statement read. “People need to leave early if their homes are not well-prepared and able to be actively defended.” Credit: @joe.fletcher.jones via Storyful

Smoke Rises From Wildfire on Cape Town Mountain33s

Smoke Rises From Wildfire on Cape Town Mountain

Fire crews worked into the night battling a wildfire on Lion’s Head mountain, in Cape Town, South Africa, on January 27. Firefighters said on January 28 that favorable wind conditions and additional support would enable them to tackle flare-ups on the mountain. Credit: Laura Scanlon via Storyful

Strong Winds Uproot Dark Hedges Tree Featured in Game of Thrones52s

Strong Winds Uproot Dark Hedges Tree Featured in Game of Thrones

One of the beech trees at Antrim’s Dark Hedges, famous for their appearance in the television series Game of Thrones, was uprooted as gales of up to 60 mph hit the area overnight between January 26 and 27. Bob McCallion, administrator of the Save The Dark Hedges Facebook group, uploaded video of the fallen beech the next day. The avenue of trees, located along Bregagh Road between Armoy and Stranocum in Co Antrim, have previously suffered damage due to strong winds, when Storm Gertrude uprooted a number of them in January 2016. Credit: Bob McCallion via Storyful

Storm Winds Lash Miami Area Amid Reports of Tornado2m03s

Storm Winds Lash Miami Area Amid Reports of Tornado

A tornado was reported to have touched down in Hialeah, Florida, on Sunday, January 27, during a severe storm. The Hialeah Fire Department tweeted that the tornado touched down near West 76th Street. A tornado warning had been issued several hours earlier. The Miami Herald quoted a National Weather Service meteorologist as saying that “an area of rotation” was recorded in the area, but that the tornado was as yet unconfirmed. An assessment was due to be made on January 28. This video, recorded on 76th Street in Hialeah, shows strong winds whipping across a parking lot. Credit: @Diandii_ via Storyful

Midwest Braces for 'Brutally Cold' Temperatures by Midweek2m20s

Midwest Braces for 'Brutally Cold' Temperatures by Midweek

The National Weather Service warned on January 27 that “brutally cold temperatures” and “potentially life threatening wind chills” were in store for Illinois and Indiana, with lowest temperatures expected on January 29-30. Temperatures could drop as low as 40-55 below zero, the service said. Video taken in and around Whiting, Indiana, shows conditions there on January 26, with snow falling and an iced-up Lake Michigan. Credit: Jerry Smith via Storyful

Helicopters Gather Water To Battle Cape Town Fire1m49s

Helicopters Gather Water To Battle Cape Town Fire

Firefighters and helicopters fought to control a blaze amid high winds near Lion’s Head, a mountain near Cape Town, South Africa, on Sunday, January 27. This footage shows firefighting helicopters gathering water needed to subdue the fire. Strong south-easterly winds threatened to drive the fire’s spread, according to officials. At the time of writing, no evacuations were ordered and there was no immediate danger to nearby properties. Credit: Talia Levin via Storyful

Weekend Snowfall Leaves Buffalo Blanketed in White59s

Weekend Snowfall Leaves Buffalo Blanketed in White

Heavy snowfall hit Western New York on Friday, January 25, leaving Buffalo and the surrounding region blanketed in white. This footage, filmed as the uploader was driving to work, shows a glimpse of the snowy conditions. According to reports from The Buffalo News, about two inches of snow fell within an hour on Friday due to a lake-effect snow band, leaving some towns like Marilla covered with as much as 11.5 inches. Credit: tenderheart2 via Storyful

'Steam Devil' Whirls Next to Lake Michigan at Grand Haven33s

'Steam Devil' Whirls Next to Lake Michigan at Grand Haven

A so-called “steam devil” was filmed moving across the Lake Michigan shoreline at Grand Haven State Park, Michigan, on January 26 after the National Weather Service said lake effect snow had dropped around five inches on the area. This video was captured by weather and nature photographer Stacey Ann Leeson, who wrote: “I pointed out steam devils over Lake Michigan to a man with his little ones because I thought they’d like to see them. And then the best thing happened – a few performed onshore.” Steam devils are whirlwinds that have taken in vapor. The term was coined by two academics in 1972 who had observed and researched the phenomenon on Lake Michigan the previous year. Credit: Stacey Anne Leeson via Storyful