Snow has continued to pester Europe over the last few days and has become a serious problem across portions of the UK and northern Europe. Transportation has endured delays, major sports events have been cancelled, and more cancellations are expected.
Many awoke to snow today across portions of the UK, especially across Scotland. Twitter has been inundated with pictures of castles and Scottish roadways with moderate to heavy snow cover, especially for late March.
In England and Scotland today, a large number of football (soccer) and rugby matches have been cancelled, with the most notable being Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifying match agains Russia.
Racing events in Doncaster and Newbury were also called off.
The problem of cancelled sports is not new to the continent this year. For example Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, a cycling race in Belgium, was cancelled earlier this month. Even the Italian Rivera was not immune, as Milan-San Remo, a monument cycling classic was forced to remove two major climbs midway through the race after conditions rapidly deteriorated.
A storm tapering off Saturday brought major snow to the region late this week.
On the slightly more serious matter of Transportation, delays are widespread across the UK this weekend, as snow has made travel nearly impossible in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Airports in North Ireland, as well as Leeds Bradford international airport, suspended all flights due to adverse weather conditions.
According to The Guardian, over 35,000 customers in Northern Ireland are reportedly without power.
Even in places where it was too warm to snow, heavy rains led to a new problem in the form of landslides. A flat was leveled by a landslide in Cornwall, reportedly killing one woman, according to the Independent.
Over the remainder of today, snow will be tapering off for most locations. While this should eventually improve the travel situation and allow outdoor activities to continue, most of the UK and northern Europe will struggle to warm up for the rest of March, leading to plenty of discomfort.
In the thumbnail image: a member of the public walks past images of famour former players outside Windsor Park, Belfast Northern Ireland, Saturday, March 23, 2013 after the World Cup soccer qualifier between Northern Ireland and Russia was called off due to snow . (AP Photo Aidan O'Reilly)
There were storms along the flight path, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said.
Strong winds and rough seas hampered evacuation efforts as hundreds remain stranded aboard the Norman Atlantic ferry in the Adriatic Sea.
While colder air will flow into the Northeast this week, the lack of snow will continue through the end of December and the start of 2015.
A storm and cold air forecast to develop at the end of 2014 and linger into the start of 2015 will deliver snow, rain and a frost or freeze to portions of California.
Rain, snow, and unseasonably cold conditions will impact much of the West through the upcoming week with the threat of slippery travel in parts of the Southwest by midweek.
A storm will continue to spread rain and disruptive snow farther to the east across eastern Europe Monday into Tuesday.
Swisshome, OR (1998)
9.90" of rain in a 30 hour period.
Buffalo, NY (2001)
An amazing 26.2" more snow buried the city, bringing the 5 day total (at the airport) to 81.5". The previous record for an entire month was 68.4" in December, 1985. In addition, a new record snow depth was established at 44". All unnecessary travel was banned, and a state of emergency was declared by the governor.
New England (1839)
Third of Triple snowstorms - 24" of snow in Hartford; Worcester pressure: 28.77"; Boston - whole gales swept coast - studied by Redfield & Espy.