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Moscow sees highest March snow depth in 20 years

Kevan Karanjia, Staff Writer
March 31, 2013 — Winter may officially be over but in Russia the effects are still being felt as Moscow recorded the highest March snow depth in 20 years.

It's been a tough winter for Eastern Europe and one of the hardest hit areas was Moscow. 

The Russian capital recorded its highest snow depth in 20 years - a massive 76.2 centimetres. 

The previous record was 73.7 centimetres recorded 20 years ago on March 19. 

February was a similarly bad period for the city as winter storms early in the month dropped over 2 metres of snow.  

Last winter just over 2 metres of snow fell for the entire season. 

Cold temperatures have also plagued the region.

The Moscow Times reported that this March was the coldest in 60 years. 

Some days this month never got above minus 10 while the average temperature was below minus 4. 

The late winter weather has barley exporters in Russia concerned they won't yield a large crop. 

Massive snowfall will push back the spring sowing campaign for early grains such as barley and oats. 

The sowing season is supposed to be done by late April.

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