In case you missed it: Winter storms blast New Mexico to Tennessee; Rain washes New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
January 04, 2019, 10:46:16 AM EST


A rare blizzard hit parts of New Mexico late last week, blanketing Albuquerque and other areas.

Strong winds, combined with the snow, led to dangerously low visibility and caused extensive travel issues. At least 2 inches of snow fell in central Albuquerque, with reports of 5 inches in suburban areas.

Elsewhere in New Mexico, areas around the Manzano Mountains received up to 18 inches of snow on Friday morning.

The heavy snowfall forced officials to close a 16-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 82.

Just after clocks struck midnight on New Year's Eve in the central United States, a major pileup occurred involving more than 20 vehicles near Austin, Texas. Dozens were reportedly injured.

Austin pile-up 1-1-2019

(Austin Fire Department)


Austin-Travis County Emergency Management Service (ATCEMS) responded about 1:24 a.m. local time Tuesday to reports of multiple collisions in dense fog near southbound State Highway 130 and Harold Green Road, according to tweets from EMS.

Paramedics evaluated 56 people and took nine to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries ranging from mild to serious, the ATCEMS reported in a tweet.

Rain drenched millions who rang in the new year in Times Square.

It was a mild evening with temperatures in the 50s and 40s, but rain led to a wet celebration.

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Confetti sticks to umbrellas as revelers make their way through a rainy Times Square shortly after midnight New Year's Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)


Intense rain and winds swept across parts of the southeastern U.S. on New Year's Eve.

In Clarksville, Tennessee, along the Kentucky border, several homes were badly damaged. While no one was injured, at least one home was completely destroyed after a tree toppled over.

While flash flood warnings were widespread, the rain did not cause significant flooding for most of the area.

A winter storm stretched across the south-central U.S. this week, dropping up to 6 inches of snow in parts of Texas and Oklahoma.

The wintry weather caused widespread travel disruptions across the region, contributing to accidents on major highways during the Wednesday evening commute and through much of Thursday.

Four people were killed in traffic accidents on Thursday in Oklahoma, the Associated Press reported.

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Across the globe, Indonesia was struck by a landslide amid rounds of heavy rain that killed at least 15 people on Monday.

More than 500 rescue personnel worked to uncover survivors or missing people on Tuesday. The deadly mudslide took place in the village of Sirnaresmi in West Java.

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Rescuers search for victims at a village hit by a landslide in Sirnaresmi, West Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. The landslide triggered by torrential rain has killed a number of people and left dozens of others missing on Indonesia's main island of Java. (AP Photo)


Late December through early March is the wettest time of the year for much of Indonesia. Flooding and mudslides have become a more common occurrence in recent years due to more frequent torrential rainfall and deforestation.

At least eight people were killed and more than a dozen others injured following a train accident on a bridge in Denmark this week.

The accident occurred during a period of high winds with frequent wind gusts of 65-80 km/h (40-50 mph) across the region.

Initial reports from the Associated Press indicated that cargo from a freight train struck a passing passenger train on the Great Belt Bridge, which connects the islands of Zealand and Funen.

The bridge is part of a transportation system that supports both automobiles and rail traffic. Due to the high winds, automobiles were restricted from traveling on the bridge Tuesday night. However, rail traffic was allowed to continue with normal service.

An avalanche occurred in Norway on Wednesday, which likely claimed the lives of four skiers reported missing after it occurred. According to the AP, the 990-foot-wide avalanche occurred near the city of Tromsoe. The skiers included a woman from Sweden and three men from Finland.

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