“Heavy blizzard” – “Winter comes again suddenly”
Russia’s Urals region has been hit with severe snowstorms causing massive traffic jams, flight delays, power blackouts, and school closures.
Just when everybody in the cities of Ekaterinburg and Chelyabinsk thought they had waved winter good-bye, blizzards dragged the region back to winter, coming as a shock to already burgeoning grass and trees.
The sudden return of winter has led to chaos on the region’s highways.
“My parents have been stuck in a traffic jam for 17 hours already… Severe Chelyabinsk spring…” a Vkontakte (Russian social network) user, Maria, wrote.
Many of the drivers have already changed their winter tires for summer ones, making vehicles clumsy on icy roads.
Local police have recorded 700 road accidents in the Central Urals region.
Twenty-three children had to be rescued from a 40 kilometer (24 mile)-long traffic jam.
Tens of thousands of people in towns across the snowstorm-struck region were left without electricity, following snow-induced power line disruptions.
Chelyabinsk authorities had to shutter schools on Saturday.
Urals meteorologists have said the last time the region was struck by a snowfall of such severity in springtime was 123 years ago.
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