Moscow (February 06, 2018): 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.what was already dubbed a “snowfall of the century.”
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. 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 centimetres (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 centimetres.Officials urged Moscow drivers not to take their cars on the streets, in order to ease the job for snow-clearing crews.