Portland’s polar bear plays in the first snow of the season

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Nora the polar bear is SUPER pumped.

The Portland Zoo received its first snow of the season recently, giving its resident one-year-old polar bear a chance to frolic in the fresh powder.

The young bear was born in captivity last year, but was abandoned by her mother after just a few days and was raised by zoo keepers at the Columbus Zoo before arriving at her forever home in Oregon’s Portland Zoo. 

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Drones capture first wintry wonderland weekend in the Midwest

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‘Tis the season for the first wave of snow.

Over the weekend, a good portion of the Midwest saw their first round of significant snowfall for the season, including parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. 

First snow in Chicago ❄️ pic.twitter.com/XQHa9MQZzF

— Panda (@Amanda_luv_u) December 5, 2016

Chicago’s first snow of the season set a record for Dec. 4 with over six inches, which was plenty enough for some NFL snow angels

Luckily, too, the age of drones gives us a captivating birdseye views of the winter wonderlands, like this one from Madison, Wisconsin, where just under six inches of snow fell on Sunday. Read more…

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Watch Hawaii become a winter wonderland

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A winter storm warning is in effect for an unlikely place: tropical Hawaii.

The National Weather Service has issued a warning for the Big Island’s Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes through Sunday night. 

Around 2 feet of snow has already fallen on the volcanoes’ peaks, and another 6 to 12 feet are expected throughout Sunday above 11,000 feet.

Time-lapse footage near Mauna Kea’s summit captured wind gusts and thick snow piling up near the elegantly named Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.

The peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa both rise more than 13,000 feet above sea level, and both volcanoes get snow each year. Read more…

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13 hauntingly beautiful photos of Tokyo in the snow

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For some cities in the world, snowfall isn’t really all that big a deal.

For Tokyo, though — particularly in November — it’s incredibly rare. On Thursday, the city was visited by its first November snowfall since 1962.

Here are some stunning photos of Japan’s capital city in the snow …

Kenchoji temple.

Kenchoji temple.

Image: AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

Image: AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

Image: AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

The Hase temple.

The Hase temple.

Image: AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

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Line adds snowflakes after Tokyo’s first early snowfall in 54 years

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Tokyo residents woke up on Thursday to the first early snowfall in 54 years. And the country’s most popular messenger app, Line, commemorated the surprise with snow falling in the background of the chat screen.

Users started tweeting their surprise, attaching screenshots.

初雪に便乗してLINEにも雪が降ってきた❄️ pic.twitter.com/DsrfFNlMqP

— マナティ@冬1日目は幽々子 (@manatyY2I) November 24, 2016

東京初雪だからって雪降らせるの
早過ぎませんかLINEさん😳❄笑 pic.twitter.com/GJ1kzS87wa

— Š_H_Ø (@kjm_ponkoji_sho) November 24, 2016

Some people thought the snow added a sense of romance to their chat backgrounds. Read more…

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