That’s farther than it is from New York City to Miami; farther than it is from New York City to Denver.
The snowiest winter in a century has hit the Russian capital, causing traffic jams 3,500 km (2,174 miles) in length on Monday evening – the distance from Moscow to Madrid.
Since the beginning of the winter, over 2 meters of snow has fallen on the Russian capital, the Moscow mayor’s aide in housing and public utilities Pyotr Biryukov told Interfax. Snowfall is expected in Moscow for four or five more days, he added.
On Monday, 45,000 community services employees and 15,000 units of equipment were attempting to cope with 26 cm of snow – nearly a fifth of the average annual fall.
The latest snowfall has become a nightmare for drivers with the capital’s commuters trapped in gridlock. Many of those who left their workplace in the evening had to spend five to 10 hours getting home.
It’s not the first time that Moscow has seen massive snowfalls this winter – in mid-January the situation was similar in terms of heavy falls – and traffic.
In December, the harshest temperatures in 70 years were recorded, with thermometers showing temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius in some regions of Russia.
Meteorologists predict more snow is in store for Muscovites in February and March.
See lots of photos:
Thanks to Eunice Farmilantfor this link
“I am constantly trying to convince friends–no it is not global warming—we just aren’t aware of how bad this winter has been in Europe, Asia and Russia!!” says Eunice.