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Snowstorm in Russia


Snow blocked streets force commuters to walk to work
Snow blocked streets force commuters to walk to work

Rachel Schoutsen , staff writer

January 12, 2012 — Eastern and Northern Russia get two months worth of snow in just twelve hours.

Snow removal vehicles are in action clearing streets in Russia
Snow removal vehicles are in action clearing streets in Russia

Russians are experiencing some harsh winter weather. It’s so cold even Canadians would shiver.

A Russian meteorologist says two months worth of snow has fallen on Eastern and Northern Russia in just 12 hours, calling this the worst snowstorm they have seen in 50 years.

Along with the mass amounts of snow, Russia faces extreme winds, racing up to 144 km per hour. Power lines have been knocked down due to the winds, leaving around 20 villages in the dark.

Temperatures in Russia have been as low as minus 49°C.

Military vehicles have been dispatched to clear streets. The snow filled roads have affected 800,000 people, forcing them to stay inside or walk to work. Schools have been closed because of commuting problems and extreme cold also plays a factor.

Temperatures dipped as low as minus 40 degrees
Temperatures dipped as low as minus 40 degrees

Russians even experienced some thunder and lightening as the snow fell. “Thundersnow” is triggered when there is a strong convective system with a combination of cold and intensity in the atmosphere, explains Brian Dillon, a meterologist at The Weather Network. New York, Buffalo and Chicago have experienced this kind of wacky weather with in the past few years, making it not extremely rare, but also not common.

Russians are not through the storm just yet. Weather forecasts predict that the weather on the peninsula could get worse since another cyclone is heading in from Japan with in the next few days.

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