Heavy snowfall in Argentina – Roads impassable

Many towns in the interior province yesterday woke up covered in white, the product of intense snowfall during the morning and part of the morning. Routes in the interior were impassable.

27 Apr 2016 – The road to Cuesta of the Portezuelo was closed as it was impossible to drive. There were landslides.

The Andalgalá delegation of Provincial Highway Administration said that due to the accumulation of snow in the upper area of the Cuesta de la Chilca, since yesterday is momentarily interrupted traffic on Provincial Route 48, which connects the town of Aconquija with the departmental capital of Andalgalá. It is that in this area the snow had completely invaded the area of the road, although not being paved the ground could absorb faster snow.

Another of the routes affected by the heavy snowfall is the Provincial Route 47, which links the provincial capital of Minas Capillitas Andalgalá with the district.

Cuesta El Portezuelo: The large amount of snow fall yesterday on the hill Ancasti and strong winds that caused landslides and falling electric poles have caused the traffic on the Cuesta de El Portezuelo for all types of vehicles is prevented.

According to reports from Civil Defense, from the place Los Mortars until passing Antennas was “impossible” to move because after the fall of snow occurred the phenomenon known as “black ice” which is a thin layer of glassy ice that forms on the surface it becomes very slippery what the road. Witnesses in the area of Cerro Ancasti fell about 40 cm. (16 inches) of snow.


Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

5 thoughts on “Heavy snowfall in Argentina – Roads impassable”

  1. Hi Robert,
    In trying to get back to the real purpose of your Blog I found this blog entry and following comment to share rather than continuing to inform with my limited knowledge on just how bad the Democrat Gullible Warmist fraud is and will continue to be for the next four years:
    Published this page:
    The Ice Man Cometh
    Posted on December 28, 2013 by Euan Mearns
    Have you ever wondered when the next ice age will begin? According to Physicist and fellow blogger Clive Best we may already be past the optimum temperature of the Holocene Interglacial and be sliding back towards the next ice age. Clive has fitted the harmonics of combined Earth orbit cycles to a high resolution temperature record derived from carbonate microfossils from 57 ocean drilling sites[1]. A combination of the 100,000 year eccentricity cycle and 41,000 year obliquity cycle provides an excellent fit to the ocean microfossil temperature record (Figure 1). Since Earth’s orbital cycles are known with precision, this can be used to forecast what comes next. His conclusion is rather chilling.
    Figure 1 The black line is based on a stack of 57 d18O temperature records for carbonate microfossils from Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans [1]. The way this is plotted, cold is up and warm (interglacials) is down. The blue line is combined 100,000 year and 41,000 year orbit cycles [2,3]. The excellent fit supports the theory, first proposed by Milankovitch, that variations in orbital parameters have controlled the onset and termination of glacial cycles on Earth for the last 2.6 million years [4]. Projecting this into the future shows that Earth is close to the turning point of the cycle and it is downhill from here towards the next ice age. Chart from Clive Best.
    The paper continues:
    However, one of the comments struck me as being valid:
    Responses to The Ice Man Cometh
    1. Roger Andrews says:
    December 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm
    A few years ago I posted my pet theory on what causes ice ages in a comment at:
    Here’s the relevant part of the comment:
    “I have concluded that we’ve got everything backwards. We think ice ages are caused by climate change, but it’s actually the other way round. Climate change is caused by ice ages. And ice ages are controlled by the cyclic behaviour of the NH ice sheets.
    “First, three governing assumptions:
    “1. For at least 400,000 of the last 500,000 years the Earth has been in an ice age condition. In other words, ice ages are the norm. We don’t have to explain them. What we do have to explain are the interglacial periods. These, not the ice ages, are the anomalies.
    “2. Interglacials occur only in the NH, where ice sheet extent ranges from maybe as much as 30 million sq km during glacial maxima down to a small fraction of that during interglacials. They don’t occur in the SH. Antarctica has been ice-bound for millions of years.
    “3. The problem of explaining what causes ice ages therefore comes down to explaining what causes NH interglacials.
    “Now the explanation, step by step:
    “Step 1: The NH exits an interglacial period and the NH ice sheets begin to advance again. (Note, we don’t have to explain why they advance. Ice ages are the norm. The Earth is simply returning to its natural climatic – or if you prefer, “balanced” – state.)
    “Step 2: The NH ice sheets continue to advance for tens of thousands of years. But eventually a point is reached where they become top-heavy, and then they begin to behave like surge glaciers, calving large quantities of ice into the sea once every five or ten thousand years. These “Heinrich Events” (HEs) are identified from ice-borne detritus in sea bed cores, and they are uncorrelated with temperature, CO2, dust, solar activity or any other climatic variable. They’re purely a result of ice sheet dynamics.
    “Step 3: HEs are usually not large enough to upset the balance between ice sheet stability and albedo, but eventually we get one that is. The last HE, which occurred about 15,000 years ago, was one. It calved off an enormous amount of ice at the margins of the ice sheets (maybe as much as 10,000 sq km) and the ice that was left couldn’t fill the hole fast enough to offset the warming impacts of the albedo change. So the climate warmed and the ice sheets continued to retreat, and now we are back in an interglacial.
    “Step 4: The interglacial ends. How? Straight answer, I don’t know, but the trigger is again probably physical rather than climatic. So for the time being I’m going to stick with the theory that the NH ice sheets start growing again when the Arctic Ocean becomes ice-free and/or when the Northern Baltic and Hudson Bay become dry land.”

    • Having sailed in the Northern Baltic during SC20 it’s brackish to fresh water rather than sea salty, the fish life range from estuary fresh water fish such as Pike (large) to shoal fish such as herring and the Salmonids and most things in between. Pushing growler ice in June off the sides of a 30ft Sail Racer in the entrances to the Swedish Archipelago wasn’t much fun, but still an experience.

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