Meteorologist calls it ‘a snow Armageddon, a snow apocalypse.”
Heavy snowfalls have buried Moscow, disrupting transport, delaying flights and making it tough even to walk, braving strong winds and temperatures of minus 15C (5F).
The snowfall started late Thursday and was expected to end on Sunday. Russia’s emergency service advised people to stay away from trees, warning of winds gusts of 18 meters per second (40 mph).
“It’s a real snowstorm, a snow Armageddon, a snow apocalypse. This is not a practice alert, but a combat alert,” warned Evgeny Tishkovets from the weather service Fobos before the snowfall began.
By early Saturday, snow depth in the city reached 56 cms (22 inches), Fobos said. This was close to exceeding a record high of 60 cm for accumulated snow on a Feb. 13, it said.
On Friday Moscow saw record snowfall for a Feb. 12, breaking the previous record set for the date in 1973, Russian news agencies reported.
There have been multiple flight delays at the airports in Moscow, a city of more than 12 million people. Unusually for a weekend, traffic was jammed in many places.
Around 60,000 people were working to clear the streets, the Moscow mayor’s office said.
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February 13, 2021 at 02:06PM