Russia’s Urals – Most severe springtime snowstorm in 123 years

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“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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10 thoughts on “Russia’s Urals – Most severe springtime snowstorm in 123 years”

  1. Wow, what a contrast here in western Europe, where at least in The Netherlands nature is at least 1- 1.5 months ahead of its average growthseason.
    So in our area every kind of tree now has foliage (April 21th), even late-in-the-season varieties, normally end of May, beginning of June, all green, quite amazing !
    Average temps roundabout 18- 25 degrees Celsius daytime(winds southwest), or 11- 15 degrees with northerly winds, very dry along the coast.
    Ofcourse, we haven’t had any winter to speak of, highly unusual, and now this fast forward springtime, almost into summerseason, truly unnatural.
    So regional weatherpatterns appear to becoming more extreme, evidence among others of a collapsing Earthmagnetic field and consequently collapse of predictable weatherpatterns ?

  2. Army rescues 250 stranded by snowfall. Gangtok, 27 April:Troops of the Black Cat Divison of the Indian Army rescued more than 250 vehicles that were stranded at Thegu village, near Nathula, in north Sikkim on Saturday.
    Around 2000 tourists were travelling in the vehicles when they were stranded due to a sudden snowfall in the region while coming back to Gangtok. Army personnel stationed nearby quickly rose to the occasion and pushed all the 250 civilian vehicles all the way across the steep slopes near Thegu village.As the weather deteriorated in the evening, and despite the heavy snowfall and hailstones, the troops cleared all the vehicles by 7 in the evening. More than 3000 tourists visit Tsomgo Lake and Nathula to enjoy the snow everyday. SNS

  3. It has arrived too late for most resorts in the Alps, but heavy snowfall is blanketing much of the region this weekend with Austria and Switzerland reporting the biggest accumulations so far.
    Webcam images show January like conditions with powdery pistes and Alpine rooftops once again covered with up to 20cm of snow – good news for late season skiers, probably less so for many of the locals who have moved on to mountain biking and gardening mode.
    Of the still open ski centres, the Aletsch Arena in Switzerland (pictured above this morning) is one of the areas reporting the biggest snowfalls with 20cm in the last 24 hours. Kuhtai in Austria has reported a similar accumulation.
    Of the bigger resorts, the Diablerets glacier near Gstaad, Chamonix and Crans Montana each report 12-15cm and there’s been 10cm of fresh snow so far at year-round Zermatt.
    Most of the other still open areas (many of them on their last day of the 2013-14 ski season today) report 3-10cm of fresh snow so far.

  4. This could be evidence that Doctor Abdusamatov is correct about the onset of a little ice age starting 2014. I hope I got the spelling right on the name.

  5. Weather in the Middle and South Urals weather continues to deteriorate. Snowfall exacerbated the situation on the highway M5 “Ural”, there is hardly move as trucks and cars. Wind blowing at a speed of 25 meters per second, the visibility does not exceed 5-15 meters. From the border with Bashkortostan and Chelyabinsk heavy vehicle traffic is limited.
    Under the conditions of the road became slippery snow , rescuers had got stuck in the snow bus service to people on the route Asha – Chelyabinsk . In order to save fuel stove in the cabin is not included, the passengers quickly frozen, ITAR-TASS reported .
    Snowfall brought a lot of trouble to residents of Buryatia. There storm paralyzed traffic on the federal highway M55 . Road crusted ice MOE units closed at the time of the dangerous section . As a result, on the highway accumulated dozens of trucks.
    Source: NTV April 25, 2014 with video

  6. 25.04.2014 Heavy snowfall and blizzard paralyzed daily life in many parts of Russia’s Ural region. According the meteorological data, in Yekaterinburg, the temperatures fell to -5 degrees Celsius. Snow depth reached to 20-30 centimeters in Yekaterinburg.
    Russian meteorological authorities forecasted also that, cold weather and snowfall will affect the region in the coming days.
    Meanwhile, excessive snowfall and blizzard caused electric shortage in Chelyabinsk. In the southern Urals region visibility fell to 15 meters.
    Authorities have warned that except for emergency situation, people have to stay home and not go out.

  7. Another big winter storm hits Thunder Bay 20-30 centimeters of snow fell causing bus cancelations, power outages, road closures, etc.

    Someone needs to remind Al Gore this is April not January. Maybe he’d like to build one of his mansions right by the lake in Thunder Bay.,-rural-schools-closed-following-April-snowstorm

  8. Anyone who thinks Putin wants eastern Ukraine for the re-creation of the “glorious USSR” is smokin’ rope. In several words, “it’s the farmland, stupid.”

    1. That of course is why Cargill is buying up prime Ukrainian agricultural land, isn’t it??

      OK if the American multinationals want to endanger a major source of russian food for geopolitical purposes, isn’t it??

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