One month’s worth of snow overnight.
“Today Moscow was one step away from complete transportation paralysis,” a presenter said on Channel One’s afternoon news.
Colossal amounts of snow fell overnight, making the morning commute into the Russian capital a nightmare, with stop-and-go traffic on most major streets.
Moscow’s Vnukovo airport said on its website that it was forced to close down its landing strip for fifteen minutes every hour in order to clean it and treat it with anti-freezing agents.
The emergency ministry in Tver region northwest of Moscow – where thousands of trucks were stuck over the weekend in a 190-kilometre-long jam on the highway that links Moscow and St. Petersburg – warned that snowfall is once again slowing down transport.
“There is increased risk of traffic jams and accidents due to snowfall,” the ministry said on its website.
In southern Ukraine gusts of wind and snow have led to power outages in 302 towns in 14 out of 27 regions in the country. Kiev and Kherson region in the south were the hardest hit, the emergency ministry said.
Russia’s weather service reported that snowfall will resume again in the Russian capital starting on Friday, with temperatures hovering slightly below zero.
In the Russian Far East one month’s worth of snow fell overnight Tuesday, leading some towns in the region to cancel school.
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