As the U.S. prepares to be pummeled by an historic blizzard, the many parts of the world are also getting hammered by heavy snow and extreme cold.
Blizzards in Moldavia – Entire villages snowbound – Snow exceeds 1 meter high (more than 3 ft) in some places.
South Korea – Record power demand brought on by severe cold – South Korea’s power demand soared to an all-time high on Tuesday as the country was hit by a severe cold wave, the government said Tuesday.
China – 90 percent of country gripped by extreme cold – Temperatures drop to the lowest they’ve been in 30 years.
Fishing boats frozen by sea ice at the sea area in Qinhuangdao, a port city in north China’s Hebei Province
Mongolia snowfalls contribute to dzud (mass death of livestock) – Snow covers 90 percent of Mongolia with conditions getting more severe, ReliefWeb reports.
Japan – Heavy snowfall cuts power to more than 50,000 – Some 232 cm (7½ ft) of snowfall in the Sukayu hot spring resort in Aomori.
A rapidly developing low pressure system dumped vast quantities of snow onto northern Japan from the night of Jan. 18 to early Jan. 19, cutting power to more than 50,000 households across the region and prompting an evacuation advisory for part of Hokkaido.
Heavy snowfall in northern Japan – Residents evacuate – Four feet (120 cm) of snow is expected in areas of Hokkaido by Wednesday morning, according to local media.
Heavy snowfall across Greece – More than 2 feet of snow in some areas. Traffic in mountainous and semi-mountainous areas conducted only with snow chains.
Snowfall Wreaks Havoc in Ukraine – Video – The heavy snowfall forced the international airport to cancel over a dozen flights this week.
Continuous heavy snowfall in Kosovo and Albania – 17 Jan 2016 – In the North of the country chains must be used because the snow has passed about 50 cm (almost two ft) thickness.
Luxembourg roads closed after trees collapse under snow 16 Jan 2016 – Heavy snowfall on Friday caused a number of roads in Luxembourg to be blocked.
France – Snow and ice alert for 11 departments – Orange weather alert for 11 depts in north-west and central France because of heavy snowfall early Monday.
Heavy snowfall warning for northwest Turkey – Hundreds of flights from Istanbul’s Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen airports, Turkey’s main gateways to the world, cancelled due to expected heavy snowfall.
Snowfall causes transport chaos in Japan – 250 people hurt – Up to 100 cm (more than 3 ft) of snow forecast for Hokkaido and Hokuriku regions.
Electricity cut to hundreds of towns in Bulgaria — Heavy snowfall shut dozens of roads in Bulgaria on Sunday,