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Moscow, Russia crippled by historic snow

A Russian man clears the path to an Orthodox church that stands behind the snow-covered trees after snowfall in Moscow, Russia, February 5, 2013. Snow continues to be forecast in the region over the coming days. (SERGEI ILNITSKY/EPA)

According to news reports, Moscow has endured its snowiest winter in a century, with 216 centimeters so far, or slightly over 85 inches.

Pyotr Biryukov, deputy mayor for residential issues, said the total snowfall is about one and a half times the normal amount for an entire winter (152 centimeters) reports The Moscow Times.

Link: Incredible Aerial Photos of Moscow’s Snow (Business Insider)

Heavy snowfall snarled traffic early this week.

“On Monday night, the overall length of traffic jams in Moscow made up 3,500 kilometres [2,175 miles], which is a distance between Moscow and Madrid,” reports The Voice of Russia.

More than 3,000 traffic accidents resulted from the hazardous conditions between Monday and Tuesday The Moscow Times said.

Link: Snowiest winter in 100 years paralyzes Moscow (PHOTOS)(RT)

Moscow’s snowy winter started fast and furious and has not relented. The city experienced its heaviest November snow in 50 years, logging about 27 cm (8 inches).

The pattern which produced the early season snowfall has been fairly persistent throughout the winter. Moscow has received bout after bout of overrunning precipitation - wedged between strong high pressure to its east and low pressure to its west.

GFS model forecast shows more snow around Moscow Friday as moisture from low pressure its east is drawn northward. (

More snow is predicted Friday as this meteorological set up repeats.

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.


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