The “Snow of the Century” – a weekend-long snowstorm in Moscow – has delayed flights, cut power supplies and even prompted school authorities to call a snow day — a highly unusual occurrence in the Russian capital. The Meteorological Office said that more than an average month’s amount of snow fell on Moscow over the weekend, with the depth of the snow reaching 62 centimeters (24.5 inches) in some parts of the capital.
Moscow is blanketed in white after being hit over the weekend by the heaviest snowfall since records began. In a city where school is rarely ever canceled, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said parents are not expected to take children to school on Monday (5 February). More than 60,000 households in regions surrounding Moscow were left without electricity over the weekend. Heavy snow and freezing rain have knocked down thousands of trees in the Russian capital and one person is reported to have been killed.