Heavy snowfall has buried Moscow, disrupting transport, delaying flights and making it tough to get around for pedestrians braving strong winds and temperatures of -15C.
The snowfall started late on Thursday and was expected to end on Sunday, with 56 centimetres of snow measured in the Russian capital as of Saturday.
That’s the most seen in almost eight years and it’s possible the current record of 60 centimetres of snow in 1956 would be broken in the coming days, weather service Fobos said.
“It’s a real snowstorm, a snow Armageddon, a snow apocalypse. This is not a practice alert, but a combat alert,” Evgeny Tishkovets from Fobos was quoted by RIA news agency as saying before the snowfall began.
Russia’s emergency service advised people to stay away from trees, warning of winds gusts of 18 metres per second.
There have been multiple flight delays at the airports in Moscow, a city of more than 12 million people. Unusually for a weekend, traffic was jammed in many places.
Around 60,000 people were working to clear the streets, the Moscow mayor’s office said.