Wild Weather Strikes Across the Globe

Snow and ice hit southeast US, London, while Australia bakes in heat
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2013 10:32 AM CST
Snow brings traffic to a crawl on Interstate 40 last night in Knoxville, Tenn. A winter storm was making its way across the Southeast.   (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Michael Patrick)

(Newser) – It was a wild day for weather around much of the world today, as snow hit the southeastern United States and Britain while record heat baked Australia. In Virginia, 13 inches of snow hit some areas, while in Mississippi two to four inches fell in places, reports the AP. At least one car accident death was attributed to the weather, and thousands lost power. Meanwhile in Britain, snow and ice closed one Heathrow Airport runway for 45 minutes and caused 180 flights to be canceled. Up to 12 inches of snow are expected in some areas around London today, according to the AP.

Down under, however, much of Australia baked today. The temperature reached 114.4 degrees Fahrenheit in Sydney, breaking the old record of 113.5 set in 1939, reports AFP. Just west of the city in Penrith, the mercury climbed even higher to nearly 116. What's being called a "dome of heat" over the country's outback center is creating a heat wave over 70% of Australia. "The length, extent, and severity of the current heat wave are unprecedented in the measurement record," said a government climate change report. (Read more severe weather stories.)

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