Snow apocalypse: Heavy Snowfall Awaits Moscow this Weekend

 In some districts of the capital, nearly 30 cm of snow will fall!

Snow apocalypse: Heavy Snowfall Awaits Moscow this Weekend
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The Moscow region will be under the influence of an active cyclone for three days, difficult weather conditions are expected, reported Interfax on Wednesday at the capital's meteorological office.

“The snowfall will start on the night of Friday, February 12th and will last until 21:00 on Sunday, February 14th. It is expected that in some districts of Moscow during this time from 20 to 30 cm of snow will fall, ”said a representative of the meteorological office.

According to him, the most intense snowfall will be Friday afternoon and Saturday night.

The meteorological office clarified that from 2:00 to 9:00 on Friday in Moscow, from 3 to 5 cm of snow will fall, from 9:00 to 21:00 on Friday - from 8 to 10 cm, from 21:00 Friday to 9:00 Saturday - from 6 to 8 cm.

According to forecasters, the snowfall will be accompanied by gusty winds of up to 12-17 m / s, a blizzard, a sharp deterioration in visibility, snow drifts and rolls on the roads is expected.

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According to the forecast of the meteorological office, at night the air temperature can drop to -15, -20 degrees, during the day the air temperature will fluctuate from -10 to -17.

The day before, Scientific Director of the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia Roman Vilfand at a briefing warned: "Heavy snowfall for a long period is a very dangerous situation that will lead to a collapse of traffic in Moscow." According to him, "the relevant warnings have already been issued."

Vilfand, clarified that due to heavy snow, the height of the snow cover in Moscow will increase by 30 cm, at the moment in different districts of the capital it is up to 40 cm. He also said that a steady cooling is predicted in Moscow next week, which is due to transfer of cold masses from the north and from the northeast.

Vilfand also believes that "there is no need to wait for early spring in Moscow." “Before the end of March - the beginning of April, there is no need to wait for spring, and it will not be fast, since a lot of heat is needed to melt all the snow,” he said, "Recently, scientists have put forward the theory that ancient people could hibernate to survive the cold winters."

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