This week brought wintry conditions to numerous countries. In the United States, a travel-impairing ice storm made for treacherous conditions on Thursday and Friday as it swept the Southern Plains. Hundreds of thousands of people were without power as of Friday afternoon.
The U.K. and Ireland also suffered staggering power outages when a storm delivered sustained winds as high as 80 kph(50 mph), on Thursday.
Earlier in the week, a powerful winter storm dumped as many as 2 feet of snow on Alberta, Canada. Gusty winds resulted in even higher snow drifts, setting a wintry scene for the region.
In contrast, ominous fog filled the Grand Canyon last week, in a rare, fall-like spectacle.
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Following several rounds of cold air, drier and milder weather is on the way for Germany this weekend.
Enough cold air will linger in the wake of the spring snowstorm and nor'easter to cause nightly freeze-ups and patchy icy spots in parts of the Midwest and Northeast.
Following 10 months of exploration, researchers with the Great Maya Aquifer Project discovered a connection between two expansive underwater cave systems in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula that house numerous ancient artifacts.
Drought, warmth and a period of windier weather will combine to significantly heighten the risk of wildfire and brush fires in the southern Plains this week.
A major snowstorm has already caused travel disruptions across the Northeast.
During March and early April, the probability of a widespread heavy snowstorm diminishes dramatically, but snowfall impacts can be more intense in localized areas.