Record snowfall in Moscow leaves one dead, as authorities call ‘snow day’

Record snowfall covers Moscow, leaving one deadA weekend-long snowstorm in Moscow has left one person dead, delayed flights and even prompted authorities to call a “snow day” — a highly unusual occurrence in the frost resistant Russian capital.

Key points:
62 centimetres of snow recorded
60,000 households left without power
More than 30 flights cancelled and over 100 delayed
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Twitter that one person was killed and two injured after the storm caused a tree to fall, damaging powerlines.

Mr Sobyanin said more than 2,000 trees had fallen so far in Moscow due to the snow and rain.

According to local meteorological authorities, accumulated snowfall reached 62 centimetres deep over the weekend — nearly equal to the total amount of snowfall for the entire month of February in previous years.

via Record snowfall in Moscow leaves one dead, as authorities call ‘snow day’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)