Moscow experiences heaviest snowfall in almost 150 years

Since the weekend, Moscow, the capital of Russia, is experiencing the biggest snowfall in almost 150 years. In twelve hours, the city received up to 40 centimeters of snow, forcing public transportation to be suspended and schools to close. Authorities deployed thousands of workers to clear streets and highways, but conditions remain dangerous.

The cold is also affecting other parts of Russia. In Siberia, temperatures of up to 50 degrees below zero are expected. Authorities have issued extreme cold alerts and asked the population to take precautions.

Extreme temperatures make it more dangerous to breathe through your nose outdoors, and it is better to breathe through your mouth, even though this can burn your lungs.

These weather conditions cause a lot of inconvenience to city residents, especially drivers, due to difficulty starting the car, the formation of layers of ice on cars, and dangers when traveling on ice and snow due to reduced traction. and poor visibility.

The meteorological phenomenon is due to a combination of factors, including a cold front moving from the north and high atmospheric pressure. Russian authorities believe conditions could worsen in the coming days.

The heaviest snowfall

The heaviest snow fell days ago in the Russian capital, leaving some areas with 40 centimeters of snow in 12 hours, while in Siberia temperatures reached 50 degrees below zero.

Meteorologist Roman Vilfand was quoted by TASS as saying: "On December 3, the 145-year rainfall record was broken". Due to the heavy snowfall that fell during that night, although with less intensity, 60 flights had to be canceled or delayed at Moscow airports.

Utility companies in the capital said they were working around the clock to minimize the impact of the record snowfall. At the same time, Moscow's rains stopped and were replaced by a low-temperature storm that hit the Russian capital.

Siberian cold

According to forecasts, this week the thermometer in the city would drop to -20 degrees. At the same time, the Siberian cold can occur not only in Moscow, but also in the city itself. Siberia, where in some areas temperatures of up to 40-50 degrees below zero will have to be endured.

Therefore, the most affected regions will be Krasnoyarsk and Khabarovsk, although the cold will also affect residents of Magadan, Yakutia and Chukotka.

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