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As more than 10 inches of snow fell in Moscow – more than half of the average snowfall for the whole of January – the already congested city is on the verge of a traffic collapse.

Today, strong winds created blizzard conditions and built imposing snow drifts, bringing the city to a standstill and leaving thousands of passengers stranded at airports.

The chair of the Duma’s transport committee has called for local transport officials to face legal sanctions for failing to cope with the winter weather.

“Snowpocalypse Russia: Snow ‘tsunami’ swallows streets, cars, buildings,” read the headline in Russia Times.

Life threatening

While in the large population centers in western Russia the snowstorms have caused inconvenience, further east they have been life threatening.

Entire apartment blocks barricaded by snow

The polar circle city of Norilsk has seen snowfall build to a height of more than 10 feet, and entire apartment blocks have been barricaded by snow overnight, requiring city workers to dig passageways through the snow banks.

Meanwhile, icicles up to three feet in length have formed off every building ledge, breaking at random and causing a lethal hazard for pedestrians below.

Nearly two hundred people have died throughout Russia as a direct result of weather-related accidents and hypothermia this season, according to official statistics, although the extreme conditions have likely contributed to many more fatalities.

Amazing pics of crazy deep snow in Russia!!!

Thanks to Ryan Hendrix for this link


5 Responses to Unrelenting snowfalls cause unprecedented travel chaos in Russia – Photos

  1. Laurel says:

    so beautiful, and so dangerous too.
    the bridge? or power line pic amazing

  2. Joe says:

    wow – those photos from Norilsk truly look like ‘ice age’ weather!

  3. F. Guimaraes says:

    ” … entire apartment blocks have been barricaded by snow overnight, requiring city workers to dig passageways through the snow banks … ”
    you won’t truly understand the meaning of these words until you see the pictures at the link: impressive!

  4. NotSheep says:

    We had a crazy winter a few years ago here in British Columbia. It snowed 63″ in one night, never seen anything like it around this area (central interior). I opened up the door to a wall of snow, closed the door, and went back to bed fo another hour, hahaha. Nobody died in our area, everyone helped everyone, and most people made sure our elderly folk were safe and warm. It took 5 days to get power back on, I must have shoveled 5000 cubic meters of snow, and was in fair shape after everything said and done. I think my main point is this, be prepared with at least a month supply of food and water, take care of you your neighbors, and elderly, and dont rely on the government to do anything. Toronto got 30 cm of snow and they sent in the military, we got 200+ cm, and we didnt even make the national news.

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