In Moscow and in most of the European part of the country (from the Baltic to the Black Sea itself), winter turned into a terrible “Snegogheddon”. The 1973 record has already been broken. We are approaching an absolute record for the entire time of meteorological observations – since 1879. Snow fell during the day 2/3 of the monthly norm.
“Snow Armageddon”, as meteorologists dubbed it, turned Moscow’s roads into directions. In navigators – burgundy color. And white – on the highways. The routes and rings of the capital are slipping. So much so that rescuers come to the aid of those stuck.
Passenger cars buried in the courtyards cannot get out of the snowdrifts. And, this is despite requests from utilities to stay at home or transfer to the metro. Those who really really wanted to drive, first had to get to the bottom of it. Car owners, picking up shovels, stormed the approaches to their cars.
By lunchtime, as a result, not only roads, but also airways stood up. Dozens of flights have been delayed at metropolitan airports.
Thirteen thousand pieces of equipment were thrown to rake Moscow from the consequences of the Balkan cyclone. Snow is swept away and shoveled. And then millions of cubic meters are taken to the so-called floating points.
The technology is simple. The snow is dumped on millstones called “crushers”. There it is grinded and sent to the sewers. And from there – to the treatment plant.
Where heavy equipment does not pass, snowdrifts are removed by hand. 60 thousand janitors – cleaning sidewalks and courtyards. But they do not cope everywhere either. Pedestrians make their way through skids and slide.
But for some, a snowfall is not a reason to lament about the elements, because you can get up on skis or snowboard. Even so extreme – zip on the board along the metropolitan roads. And enjoy the real winter. Snowstorm and frost in February are a forgotten norm for Moscow latitudes.
Snowfall over Moscow will stop at night. Utilities promise to completely remove the roads in three days. But how much snow will melt in the courtyards, we will find out in March. And maybe in April.
Source: Вести.Ru by www.vesti.ru.
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