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“The snow this year has already reached one and a half times the climatic norm,” said Pyotr Biryukov, deputy mayor for residential issues. “There hasn’t been such a winter in 100 years.”
The capital has seen 216 centimeters (85 inches) of snow fall since the beginning of winter, Biryukov said.
Average snowfall in Moscow is 152 centimeters a year. Biryukov said the city saw 26 centimeters in the 24 hours preceding his Tuesday afternoon news conference and has seen 36 centimeters since the beginning of February.
The heavy snowfall that struck the city Monday quickly led to chaos on the roads.
Moscow traffic police said Tuesday that they had counted more than 3,000 minor traffic accidents in the previous 24 hours, far exceeding the daily average for the city.
Snowfall is set to continue for the rest of the week.
And it’s not just Moscow that’s struggling to cope.
About 1,500 residents of the Ivanovsk region were left without electricity after heavy snowfall knocked out power lines and substations, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.
26 towns and villages affected by blackout
In all, 26 towns and villages were affected by the blackout, which occurred because power lines snapped under the weight of the snow.
About 300 heavy trucks were caught overnight in a traffic jam on the A107 highway, also known as the Small Ring Road, near the Moscow region village of Shishkin Les, police said.
“Within a few hours [of the snow starting], there were about 200 trucks on Kievskoye Shosse and 100 on Varshavskoye Shosse,” a police spokesman said Tuesday afternoon, Interfax reported.
The trucks were helpless in the heavy snow and ice, and traffic didn’t start moving again until the area had been swamped with grit and sand, meaning many were stuck until 3 a.m.
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