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A storm in which snow falls.



(metel’ ’in Russian), the carrying of snow by the wind in the air close to the earth’s surface. Three different types are distinguished ipozemok (drifting snow), low snowstorm, and general snowstorm. The pozemok and low snowstorm represent phenomena in which the wind raises the snow from the ground; they take place without snow falling from the clouds. A pozemok occurs at low wind speeds (up to 5 m/sec), when most of the snowflakes are lifted just a few centimeters. A low snowstorm occurs at greater wind speeds, when snowflakes are lifted 2 m and more, reducing visibility, sometimes to 100 m and less. A low snowstorm and & pozemok merely redistribute snow that has fallen earlier. In a general, or upper, snowstorm snow falls during a strong wind (usually more than 10 m/sec) and is accompanied by a significant increase in the snow cover throughout the region. When there is a strong wind and air temperatures are low, a snowstorm is called by the local name buran (primarily in the Asian USSR).

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The snowstorm and avalanches, triggered by days of snowfalls, had closed roads leading to the area, where the shepherds and their herds had been trapped, he said.
CHARIKAR (PAN): TheSalang Pass,linking the capital Kabul with northern Afghanistan on Monday reopened for traffic, hours after a heavy snowstorm closed northern and southern parts of the key highway, officials said.
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PEKyN (CyHAN)- Snowstorms swept across a vast area of north China on Sunday, disrupting traffic, grounding flights and slowing down bullet trains in Beijing, Tianjin and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
The danger of snowstorms remains in the eastern parts of Bulgaria, currently experiencing severe winds, and temperatures will continue to decrease, the National Institute of Hydrology and Meteorology has announced.
The current snowstorm in Jordan has been called "Huda," while the snowstorm in Syria was named "Zaina." At the same time, the current cold winds in the northern region of Saudi Arabia have been named "Auzaireq." Hussein Al-Qahtani, spokesman for the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PMA), explained that the current snowstorms in some Arab countries have been named according to local culture, to create a general optimistic atmosphere among the population.
Unlike in some Western European capitals, snowstorms in Moscow hardly ever disrupt public transport or shut down air traffic.
hit by snowstorms, authorities said Friday, according to dpa.
For the third time in four years, editorial cartoonist David Hitch has targeted runners -- always female -- who lace up during snowstorms, because they make it harder for drivers to navigate the treacherous roads (editorial cartoon, Telegram & Gazette, Feb.