LET THE SNOW RECORDS BE SMASHED IN MOSCOW

LET THE SNOW RECORDS BE SMASHED IN MOSCOW

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 Record snowfall hits Moscow, downing thousands of trees

Freezing rain and heavy snow have killed one person in Moscow and downed over 2,000 trees. Over half a meter of snow blanketed the Russian capital by Monday morning 5th February 2018 in what was already dubbed a “snowfall of the century.”

More than a month’s worth of snow fell on Moscow within just 36 hours at the weekend as the temperature hovered below zero degrees Celsius, the biggest snowfall in the Russian capital since meteorological records began.

Moscow authorities said coming to school was “optional” on Monday as the Russian capital was bracing for more snow and icy weather following the record-breaking snowfall. Children in Moscow were given the day off school on Monday when the temperature stood at minus 12 degrees Celsius. The authorities encouraged people to leave their cars at home and use public transport instead.

Some 25 incoming flights were redirected to other Russian cities and over 100 delayed following the weekend storm, which tested even the limits of the famously icy metropolis.

Freezing rain accompanied by 43 centimeters (17 inches) of snow blanketed the capital within 24 hours. It was the heaviest day of snowfall to hit the Russian capital since the country’s weather records began, Russia’s meteorological service said. By Monday morning, the blanket of snow thickened to 55 centimeters.

Officials urged Moscow drivers not to take their cars on the streets, in order to ease the job for snow-cleaning crews.

Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that the public transport was mostly functioning normally by Monday.

“We had what was already dubbed a ‘snowfall of the century,'” he told the press. “Still, there was no collapse or a disaster,” he added.

Russian army also deployed troops to help with the relief efforts in Moscow and St. Petersburg areas. The Russian military said in a statement it had sent 100 soldiers, two snowploughs and a truck to help clear the snow in one Moscow district and at a location in the Moscow region.

“I have just left home but have already fallen over because the snow has not been cleared from the pavements,” said Lilya Belkina, a Moscow resident.

“It is very difficult to cross the road.”

Previously, Sobyanin said that one person was killed and five injured due to snow and dangerous conditions.

“One person died from a falling tree that hit an electric power line,” Sobyanin posted on his VKontakte social media page. He warned that strong winds were still to come.

At least 2,000 trees around the city collapsed due to the snow, officials added.

The severe weather also caused massive power outages in hundreds of towns around Moscow, although the power supply was restored by Monday.

Snow cleaning crews were doing double their normal runs through the city, as temperatures were expected to dip to -17 degrees Celsius (+1.4 Fahrenheit) on Monday night. The city sent its army of shovel-wielding snow clearers and hi-tech snow ploughs out in force, clearing 1.2 million cubic metres of snow in the last 24 hours, Biryukov said. The snow is taken to special snow melting stations where it is turned into water.

“In addition to that, there will be more snow,” deputy mayor Pyotr Biryukov, told the press. “In the next three days, we will have 6 to 8 centimeters of snow on the Moscow streetThe weekend snowfall topped the previous record values from 1957 and 2013.

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all. ~Dale Carnegie

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…a day off work or school due to a massive snowfall

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

“What’s the difference between an optimist and a pessimist?” I asked my husband. He thought for a minute before responding, “An optimist is the guy who created the airplane. A pessimist is the guy who created the parachute.”

LOVE IS…

Love is…building a snowman together

TRACK OF THE DAY

Layla – Derek & The Dominoes

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