Massive snowfall causes traffic chaos in Moscow

Wednesday 19 December 2012 14.22
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A municipal worker cleans snow on pavement between snow-covered cars in central Moscow
A municipal worker cleans snow on pavement between snow-covered cars in central Moscow
A municipal worker uses a snow blower to remove snow from a road in a park in Moscow
A municipal worker uses a snow blower to remove snow from a road in a park in Moscow
A woman walks past snow covered cars in central Moscow
A woman walks past snow covered cars in central Moscow

A large, early snowstorm raging in Moscow has disrupted flights and created havoc on the roads in the Russian capital.

Yelena Temakina, chief of the forecast department at Moscow's Meteorological Office, said 20cm (eight inches) of snow had fallen in 24 hours.

That is half of Moscow's typical amount of snow for the whole of November.

Moscow's City Hall said it expects the snowstorm, which is due to continue at least until Friday morning, to be the biggest in November in 50 years.

The roads in the capital have been clogged up since early this morning and about 70 flights from Moscow's largest airport, Domodedovo, were disrupted overnight.

All three of the city's airports were working normally today.

Motorists complained about the lack of efforts to clear the snow from the streets. In one section of Moscow's beltway, the traffic was paralyzed for at least 30km this afternoon, according to a traffic tracker.

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