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UK braced for Arctic snowstorms

Earth News: Great Britain
March 17, 2007
Britain was bracing itself for Arctic winds and snowstorms on Saturday night as the unseasonal warm spell comes to an abrupt end. A cold front coming in from the north will bring wintry weather to the whole of the country. Scotland and the north of England will be worst hit but the whole of the UK can expect snow and freezing winds from today. Temperatures will plummet from the high in recent weeks of 14C (57F) to minus 4C (25F) in a cold spell expected to last until well into next week. Wildlife experts said animals such as moles, bats and hedgehogs that woke early from hibernation because of the unseasonal heat could be at risk of starvation because of the snow.

U.S. EAST COAST - Schools in Maryland and Virginia were let out early Friday as a late blast of winter weather moved across the region. The area was battered with a mix of rain and snow and temperatures dropped into the 30s. The cold followed a gorgeous week with temperatures that had soared into the 70s. “It’s UNUSUAL for this time of year. This is an unseasonably cold spell.” The winter weather, which struck throughout the mid-Atlantic and the northeast, wreaked havoc on air travel. Photo: Ice coats daffodils (Sun photo by Karl Merton Ferron)

MARYLAND - The rain totals at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport topped 2.13 inches by 9 pm. That BROKE THE 131-YEAR-OLD RECORD of 1.14 inches for the date, set in 1876. It was the city's oldest daily rainfall record for March.

VIRGINIA - RECORD DAILY RAINFALLS occurred at Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles International airports on the 16th. National Airport received 1.55 inches, breaking the 1896 record of 1.09 inches for the date, and Dulles got 1.49 inches to eclipse the old record of 0.9 inches for the day, set in 1972.
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