Early cold and snow take Morocco by surprise

Almost 4 feet (1.2 m) of snow isolates people in the mountains of Ouarzazate, Boulemane, Azilal, Haouz, and Beni Mellal.

5 Nov 2018 – Rabat – Early snowfalls beginning in late October in the Atlas Mountains towns and cities of Azrou, Midelt, Boulemane, Taza, El Hajeb, Imouzzer, and Ifrane brought joy to many Moroccans and took government agencies by surprise.

While floods caused traffic disruptions in Casablanca and Rabat, snow blocked highways and roads leading to Azrou and Timahdite in Ifrane province for hours, according to Alyaoum24.

Forecasts call for more rain and low temperatures for the week ahead.


Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

7 thoughts on “Early cold and snow take Morocco by surprise”

  1. Altas mountain range peaks at 3000 to 4071 M

    Grand Solar Minimum cooling at high Latitude and high Altitude!
    30 more year of cooling, with the real cold to come during SC25 and early SC26
    Snow events in the Atlas normally happen during February and March once the North Atlantic, North Sea and Western Mediterranean has cooled to late winter levels.

  2. OT.
    Times of India reports a very early start to snow in Kashmir.

    On 5th November 2018, Northern India has experienced a severe start to winter season 2018/19. Over the past couple of days this first snowfall of the season has disrupted power supply, road links and isolated parts of the Kashmir valley. Typically the region has its first snowfall around the months of December and February, November is an unusually early start for the winter snows.
    Also see https://youtu.be/dD4S-89E6ks video.

  3. And Also…

    Untimely snowfall damages apple crop in Srinagar says Times of India 5 November 2018.
    A large number of fruit-laden apple trees in Kashmir have either been uprooted or their stems have broken due to heavy snowfall on Saturday, an department official said.
    The worst affected orchards are in Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian, Bandipora and parts of Baramulla districts, the official said. “Some apple varieties which are plucked late in autumn were still on the trees. The exact losses can be determined only after a detailed survey but as per conservative estimates fruit worth several crores have been lost due to the snow,” he added.

    And also …
    Uttarakhand receives fresh snowfall — 6 November 2028.


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