Massive fierce snowstorm has hit the Russian capital, Moscow, delaying more than 150 flights

December 25, 2014 6:40 pm


The massive storm started in Moscow early on Thursday, with the
Russian Meteorological Office saying it expects up to four inches of
snow in the city in a single day.The fierce snowstorm has hit the Russian capital, Moscow, delaying more than 150 flights and bringing traffic to a standstill.

Reports say officials have deployed some 10,000 snow plows to clear the streets.

The situation caused severe delays in Moscow’s three major airports,
but none of them were shut down. Dozens of planes could not land and
were diverted to other airports.

The traffic monitoring service also reported that the congestion in
the Russian capital reached the record-high 10 points in early
afternoon.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said several cabinet ministers were
stuck in traffic on Thursday and were late for the last government
session in 2014.

Unlike in some Western European capitals, snowstorms in the Russian
city hardly ever disrupt public transport or paralyze air travel.

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